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Tuesday, June 30, 1936 (cont) 

compares the address made by Edward Everett at Gettysburg 
with that which Lincoln made on the same day. We are all 
familiar with "a government by the people and for the peo- 
ple," those immortal words spoken by Lincoln in his Gettys- 
burg address. The oration given by Edward Everett was long 
and eloquent; it was worthy of the great orator, but it is 
Lincoln's short speech which will live forever, "e'er in- 
terested in this because of an old steel engraving of Ed- 
ward Everett which hangs in the Lower Hall. 

"'ednesday, July 1, 1936 Pleasant 

As quests come to the Bar to pay their admissions or 
to give their orders for luncheon or dinner they are in- 
clined to have a little confidential talk with the Bar Maid. 
The Bar- Maid, therefore, picks up bits of information on 
a variety of subjects, and learns something of the person- 
al affairs of our guests. Typicla bits of conversation are 
as follows: 

"I would like to buy a post card of the Longfellow 
Bed-room. That is the room my husband and I occupied when 
we came here on our honeymoon eighteen years ago." 

"My wife and I are in the song and dance business in 
New York. But we hate to live in New York. We would much 
rather live in New England, "e're particularly fond of Co- 
lonial things and there are many of them to see here. This 
is a grand place. ?/e wish we could stay a week!" 

"These two ladies with me are from British Columbia. 
They were my bridesmaids when I was married thirty-two years 
ago and I haven't seen them since. This sum. er they have 
come on to spend a few weeks with me and we are having a 
wonderful tiire together." 

"I'm a New England school teacher, old and retired, but 
these two young ladies are from California. They've just 
graduated from college. This is their first trip East and 
they are thrilled with everything." 

Thursday, July 2, 1936 Partly Cloudy 

The holiday travel has already begun. It has been re- 
ported that 8 different states were represented on the li- 
cense pistes of cars parked here today. And there was not 
a Massachusettes car among them! This goes to show that the 
summer tourists are on their way from every nook and corner 
of the United States. They are dressed comfortably for tra- 
velling and want to see all points of historic interest. 
Many of them say, "Yes, indeed, we want to see everything , 
"'e've come a long way to see the 7'ayside Inn and we may ne- 
ver come again. We don't want to miss a single thing!" 

Bage 3 

Friday, July 3, 1936 Partly cloudy 

Dr and I.Irs Coulter arrived today. V'e find them de- 
lightful house guests, quiet and considerate, also very 
much interested in all that concerns the Inn. Dr Coulter 
remarked that he would enjoj'' a hostess position here in 
order to observe the people as they came in, to see their 
response and enthusiasm. He is keen and alert and has told 
us much about food. Mrs Coulter talks abovt their seven 
months old daughter. 

Saturday, July 4, 1936 Pleasant 

Early this morning holiday visitors began to arrive 
and continued to come in large numbers, i'oward evening there 
were many inquiries aoout over night accomadations . Conse- 
quently every room, v/ith the exception ef a double room, 
was occupied. Mr and Mrs Zelinski came unexpectedly for the 
week end. They are old friends and delightful guests, 


Sunday, July 5, 1936 


Dr and Mrs Coulter journeyed to Harvard, Massa- 
chusetts today where they visited the Fruitlands Mu- 
seums. Fruitlands is the name of the house where Bron- 
son Alcott and his Trancendental philosopher friends 
tried living on the fruit of the land. They did not ap- 
prove of eating or using any animal product. Consequent- 
ly living was very difficult, especially for the women- 
folk and the experiment was not a success. This was in 
1843. In the museum are many relics of the period and a 
fine collection of manuscripts, letters, etc. pertaining 
to Mr Alcott and his contemporaries. Dr Coulter was in- 
terested in the museum from the standpoint of diet; it 
being one of the early groups having the same fundament- 
al principles as his own present day theory about proper 
foods. Dr and Mrs Coulter returned to Boston late this 



Motor trips from Boston and back. 

Communicate with the 


Hotel Statler, Boston, Mass. 

Telephone: Kenmore 4680 


and the 

Wayside Museums, Inc. 

Recently Incorporated 

Founded by Miss Clara Endicott Sears 

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A motor drive of only 30 miles from 


These three museums are situated on land 

until recently a part of the estate of 


and opened to the public every day 


except Mondays 

from 12-30 to 6-30 P. M. 


May 30th to on or about October 1st 
(Open Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th) 

to each house 






The American Indian 




A notable collection. 

Prehistoric Implements. 

Specimens of Indian art and industries. 

A heroic sized bronze statue of 

an Indian 


' He who Shoots the Stars," 

stands outside the museum 

Sculptor Philip S. Sears. 


A very beautiful specimen of an Algonquin 

Village in Miniature is a valuable 

addition to the Indian Museum. 

i-age Z 


Monday, July 6, L936 


"Early American Rooms" is the title of the cook 
L.r. R. H. Kettell expects to publish November 1st. Mr 
Kettell came today with some pictu^ f our Bar Room 

ch he expects to incorporate in the book. Several 
years ago arrangement were made for Mr Nelson Chese and 
Mr Kettell to do the drawings. The finished water colors 
are truly fine and quite unusual. The colors are excel- 
lent and the characters portrayed are rather stiff and 
formal yet typical in their costumes of the 18th cent- 
ury. There is a real bar-tender, fat and jolly, and a 
guest with a long clay pipe sitting on the settle near 
the fireplace. A picture which resembles Mr Chase's 
work is found in the July issue of the Antiques maga- 
zine . 

Clipping from the 
picture, "The To- 
bacco Parliament" 

Antiques Magazine 
July, 1936 

Digitized by the Internet Archive 
in 2013 

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Tuesday, July 7, 1936 


Mr Everett R Lemon, not Mr Edward R Lemon, appeared 
today. He told us of the coincidence in names and said 
that since his initials were the same as those of the 
previous '"ay side Inn landlord, there was much confusion 
about mail, etc. It seems that Mr Everett R Lemon lived 
in Framinghara when Mr Edward R Lemon owned the Inn. A 
further strange fact was that both Mr Lemon's had a sis- 
ter Ellai Mr Everett sr : id that he celebrated his wedding 

dinner here, 30 years ago. He is living in the 
and making a summer visit in Framingham. 

■est now 

Wednesday, July 8, 1936 

Very Tarm 

This is the time of year when the Register B ok in 
the Bar Room becomes more and more interesting. Even our 
guests peruse it and exclaim over the number of differ- 
ent states represented by visitors. This being a typical 
day, the names of a few places given as residence will be 

Tfebster, New Hamp . 
Upland, California 
Belfast, Ireland 
Tampa, Florida 
North ?.'allerton, England 

Philadelphia, Pa. 
Latonia, Kentucky 
Milwaukee, T "is. 

ringfield, Mass 
New York City 

Thursday, July 9, 1936 



We have a new boy to help in the fron part of the 
house. He is George Earle, a recent graduate of the Tay- 
side Inn Boys School. George is tall and thin and good- 
looking, : and one particularly nice thing which we have 
noticed, is and easy, ready smile. He always seems to 
have it along woth him and it is certain to please the 
guests. George has a serious side, too. Today he was 
quoting a verse from the Psalm of Life. It was the fourth 

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Thursday, July 9, 1936(cont) 

"Art is long and Time is fleeting 
And our hearts, though stout and brave, 
Still like muffled drums are beating 
Funeral marches to the grave." 

Duties of the new boy will taking meal orders 
to the pantry, answering phine calls, and questions of the 
guests. In other words, making himself generally useful to 
guests and hostesses. 

Friday, July 10, 193 3 Cloudy and Warm 

Tauck Tours have started yheir weekly visits for the 
season. This is a regular summer tour group. Today there 
were 53 passengers including 2 Conductors, 2 Chauffeurs, 
etc. They arrived in time for luncheon and stayed until 
3 o'clock. During their short stay all employees of the 
house were "on their toes" as it were: hostesses must see 
that their luncheon orders were taken and that they hear 
the story of the house; waitresses make ready with tables 
set in the dining room. Last but not least, cooks must have 
plenty of food prepared. 


Saturday, July 11, 1936 


We have just had a greeting from the Great ^akes 
Exoosition, being held this in Cleveland, Ohio. 

ss Adele Nathan stayed over night tonight and told us 
much about the Pageant called "Parade of the Years' which 
she directed there. In it some o^ Mr Ford's old coaches 
and other things sent from Dearborn were used. Miss Na- 
than is an exDert on early farm implements and has writ- 
ten some books on the subject. She has also directed a 
movie for the International Harvester Co., etc. »e woulo 
like to see her books, written for children, which re- 
minds us that it is time to send another list to the li- 
brary (for hostesses and others interested). The list 
will include: * 

• ara Endicott Sears - Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands 
Adele Nathan Iron Horse 

The farmed sows his wheat 


(By Jean Schumann) 

This locomotive is the old "Satilla" 
which was built about 1860 by the 
Rogers Locomotive Works. When 
former President Hoover was in 
Dearborn for the "Light's Golden 
Jubilee," this train carried him. 

fast, the saying arose: "He goes like 
Sam Hill." 

This engine is heavily gilded and 
finished in hardwood. 

Three cars have been restored to 
represent the baggage, smoking, and 
passenger coaches. 

Jean Schumann took this picture of the "Sam Hill" just before its trip to Cleveland. 

The name which it now bears, 
"Sam Hill," was given to it by Mr. 
Ford. There was an engineer who 
ran a train on the Michigan Central 
Railroad through Dearborn when 
Mr. Ford was young. He drove so 

When this picture was taken, 
"Sam Hill" was on its way to Cleve- 
land. It is now on exhibit in the 
Wings of a Century exhibition. It 
will return to Dearborn after the 
Great Lakes Exposition. 

The Herald 
June 26, 1936 


Sunday, July 12, 1936 


As a kind of memorial ;to our gardner, Mr. William 
Lee who died in 1935, some hollyhocks have been arranged 
on the Parlor table. We call them hollyhock dolls* They 
are regular hollyhock blossoms turned upside down on a 
flat pewter platter. On the stem which has been cut off 
short, is attached a small hollyhock bud, sane times of a 
contrasting ©lor. These give the effect of quaint, old- 
fashioned lady dolls, with wide old-fashioned skirts. 
Every year Mr. Lee used to make hollyhock dolls. We like 
to continue the thought in the memory of Mr. Lee. He was 
a dear, friendly gardner. We miss him very much. 

Picture of Mr. Lee taken in our 
garden by a guest, Mrs. Zelinski 

Monday, July 13, 1936 


Our guests are not without a sense of humor. They 
sometimes make bright remarks which bring smiles and 
laughter. For instance, when the hostess was talking a- 
bout a foot stove the other day, se added that sometimes 
foot stoves were made by young men, in the old days, as 
valentine gifts for their sweethearts. A lady in the 
group spoke up and said: "A pretty warm valentine, I should 
think!" In another instance the hostess overheard a 
small child ask his grandmother what the flax wheel was 
for. The grandmother replied that it was for making flax 
seed ! When the old wafer iron in the Bar room was 
being shown to a father and son, it was explained that 
when the wafer was done, a Beal of the United States 
appeared on it. To make the description clearer to the 
boy, the hostess said that it would look like a 3a rge 
penny. The father then remarked, "Yes, but my »on wouldn't 
eat it unless it looked like 50 cents!" 

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Tuesday, July 14, 193 6 

Very ""arm 

This was a very wa 
Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Kanzler, 
Billy Ford. It was too 
sit about and try to kee 
break in their long trip 
spite of the weather we 
very much. It is always 
in and around the house 
We missed the other two 
at this time, Benson and 
that they are no longer 

rm day for our guests, 

Miss Josephine and Master 
warm to do much except to 
p cooi ! We hope that the 

to Maine was restful. In 
enjoyed having them here 

a plea are to have children 
if only for a few hours stay, 
children who usually come 

Henry. We expect, however, 
children, but young men. 

Wednesday, July 15, 193 6 


We have wished for a long time that we could know 
something interesting to tell about the cradle in the 
Washington Bed-room. It's old, it's made of pine, it has 
well-worn rockers, but it was just a plain, old cradle, 
until today. Now there has been a distinguished baby 
rocked in it. The baby's name is Alan Kerr "hi te leather, 
who was bron in Berlin, Germany, December 15, 1935. The 
thing that makes Alan somewhat distinguished is the fact 
that he is the first and only baby passenger to have come 
to America on the giant zeppelin "Hindenburg" . Our dis- 
tinguished visitor both laughed and cried during h is stay 
in the century old cradle. His father is a foreign corres- 
pondent of the Associated Press. 

The cradle can De seen at the foot of the bed 

r'age 3 


Thursday, July 16, 1936 Pleasant 

A great many of our guests speak of the Edison In- 
stitute in Dearborn and the Museum there. Frequently we 
hear, "I've visited Mr Ford's Museum in Dearborn so I 
wanted to come here," or "I live in Dtroit and I know the 
Museum in Dearborn well" or "The Museum in Dearborn is 
wonderful". Today a typical family group arrived, Mother, 
Farther daughter and son. The son was about 14 years old 
and announced that he is a student in the Edison Insti- 
tute High School in Dearborn. His name is Lynn Smith and 
he told us that he was formerly a pupil in the Scotch Set- 
tlement School. Lynn seemed to know much about antiques. 
He said, "Sure, I know about most of the things here." 

Friday, July 17, 193 6 Partly cloudy 

Last week we told of our new helper, George Earle, 
who is getting into the swing of the work very nicely. This 
noon after George had finished his luncheon, he said; "I've 
still ten minutes of my noon time, "hat will I do with it?" 
It was suggested that he take a walk in the garden. Later 
we asked George how he liked the garden. This was his re- 
ply: "It's lovely. It seems as if you could almost see 
Longfellow smiling at the flowers". There are lots of 
lovely flowers in our old fashioned garden now. They 
make it bright and colorful. Among them are phlox, 
petunias, forget-me-nots, zinnias, and stock. 

Saturday, July 18, '1936 Pleasant 

Maps, guide books and such are apt to be scattered 
around the house these days, when so many of our guests 
are sight -seeing tourists. We looked into one or two of 
the guide books and discovered "The Wayside Inn". It was 
interesting to know what other people say about our Inn 
and how it is presented. The following is clipped from 
the booklet called "Fascinating Trips to Historic spots 
in and about Boston." This is a very nice guide printed 
by the American Oil Co. for free distribution. 


Saturday, July 18, 1936(cont) 

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"The Wayside Inn' 

Originally called Howe's Tavern and later Red Horse Tavern, 
in 1863 it was named the "Wayside Inn." It was here that Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the "Tales of a Wayside Inn " 



house and grounds are now owned and maintained by Mr. Henry 
Ford. At the gatehouse you will find the stage coach used to bring 
General LaFayette to Boston for the laying of the cornerstone of 
Bunker Hill Monument in 1825. 

Register, step up to the bar and order your lunch, after which 
you may wander through the Inn until you are called by the host. 
After you have eaten in the dining room (built in 1 800) walk out 

through the gardens. You will find the old grist mill interesting 
and unique. Also, don't fail to visit the Old School House spoken 
of in the famous poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb." 

After you have seen everything on this historic estate get back 
in the car and visit the old country store. Drive back to Boston 
over Route 20 to Commonwealth Avenue and Berkeley Street 
where you turn right crossing Newbury and Boylston Streets. 
Turning left at St. James Avenue will bring you back to the door 
of the Hotel Statler. 


Sunday, July 19, 1936 Pleasant 

The Wayside Inn Diary has been in existance 
for over seven years. Therefore we think it is time to 
give a little space in the Diary - to the Diary! 
Those who have written it during these years have taken 
the work seriously and conscientiously. They have felt 
it to be a historical record, a permanent account of the 
happenings of the Inn in the 20th century. Sometimes 
the writing of it has seemed to be a difficult task 
when nothing of outstanding importance has presented 
itself for diary news. Most of the time, however, it 
is a pleaare, an enjoyment to feel that the happiness 
and educational interest derived from the Inn, is being 
recorded; that an account of daily happenings and routine 
matters of the present day can be kept. Te want others, 
now and in the future to know what we are thinking and 
doing here at the dear old Inn to-day and every day. 

Not because the Diary has 
become tedious but rather 
because it has become some- 
what monotonous to its 
readers, perhaps, do we 
venture for this week to 
introduce a little variety. 
Miss DeMille,and Miss Fisher 
our hostesses and Mr. George 
Earle our new young host have 
been asked to write what has 
seemed of fecial interest to 
them concerning the Inn on a 
specified da^r. Miss De Mille 
presents her day or page tomorrow 

Monday July 20, 1936 Pleasant 

About noon today fifty youngsters, both girls 
and boys, attired in matching gray sweaters and shorts, 
arrived from the Sharilaum and Sherwood Camps in Ware, 
Massachusetts on their way to Boston. They were told 
before entering the house to keer together, not to touch 
a thing, and to listen to every word spoken by the hostess, 
so consequently were a fine group. 

One very bright little boy not much over five years 
of age informed the hostess as she told of the Revere 
print of the Boston Massacre, that he had seen one like 
it in the Book of Knowledge. He also added when the 
little shoes were shown, that he had seen the footprints 
of the same little shoes out on the driveway on his way 
ini This of course caused much laughter among the 
children. TTe think he must have absorbed much from his 
historical trip because of his keen mind and vivid imagin- 

At five o'clock eight yellow buses drove into the 
parking space and over three hundred members of the 
International Stereotypers • and Electrotypers • Union of 
North America came *o see the Inn. They were directed 
to the large ballroom where Miss Staples told the 
history of the Inn in her very pleasant and interesting 
way and then went thru the rooms looking aab the im- 
portant things she had mentioned in her talk. 

For nearly an hour we were rushing here and there 
answering questions, pointing out pieces, selling cards 
and books, and then all was quiet. 

Miss DeMille 

Tuesday, July 21, 1936 Pleasant 

There is much to be found on the Antiques page 
of the Boston Evening Transcript on Saturday evening; 
much that adds to our knowledge of Antiques. When we 
picked up the Transcript of Saturday, July 18th we were 
surprised to find at the top of the page the familiar 
picture of Lord Timothy Dexter' s house in Newburyport, 
Massachusetts. 7/e have one of the same prints (colored) 
in our Bar-room. The Transcript says that the Historical 
Society of Newburyport is holding an exhibit!™ cot Dexter 
relics there this summer. Further on the page we found 
the notice of several other Antique exhibitions. Out- 
standing among them are the exhibitions in Newport, Rhode* 
Island in commemoration of Rhode Island's Tercentenary 


Tuesday, July 21, continued 

year, and the very fine display at Robinson Hall 

in Cambridge in connection with the Harvard Tercentenary. 

A Saturday 

By William 

Monument to the Historic Braggart of Early Newburyport 

A View of the Mansion of the Late "Lord" Timothy Dexter, High Street, Newburyport, in 1810. The House Is Still 
Standing, Without the Colossal Wooden Statues, Which Include Such Famous Men as King George (IV), Napoleon, 
Washington, Hancock, Louis XVI, Lorrl Nelson. Second Figure from the Right Is the Modest "Lord" Dexter Him- 
self, With the Inscription: "I Am the Greatest Philosopher in the Western World." This Illustration Is Reproduced 

by the Courtesy of the Newburyport Historical Society 

Wednesday, July 22, 1936 


A lady came in late this evening and asked if 
she might have dinner. It seems that she had traveled 
for five hours and had avoided all roadside stands so 
as to have a good appetite when she arrived here. After 
the dinner she remarked that the corn bread at the table 
was so much like that which her grandmother made. "The 
dinner", she said, "was the most typically old fashinned 
that she ever had and it was worth driving four hours 

to get. 

G©orge Earle 


Thursday, July 23, 1936 


Guests often tell us more about things of 
historical interest in our own vicinity than we 
know ourselves! Recently some of our guests spoke 
very enthusiastically of The 7/ayside in Concord. 
This was Nataniel Hawthorne's home ftfr twelve years. 
The Alcotts lived in the house previously anc 1 during 
Revolutionary tine s, advancing British soldiers passed 
by its door. In later years it became the home of 
Margaret Sidney (Lothrop) author of the Five Little 
Peppers. In the present day Margaret M. Lothrop, 
daughter of Margaret Sidney is the charming hostess of 
the house. She greets you as cordially as a friend 
rather than a stranger and in a natural, easy manner 
makes you feel well acquainted with the authors who 
once lived there. She has many of the manuscripts and 
writings associated with the house which give you insight 
into the personalities of Alcott and Hawthorne. She 
points to the narrow stairway where Louisa Alcott and 
her sisters played Pilgrims Progress. You climb to the 
Tower which Mr. Hawthorne added as a retreat and seclusion 
for his literary study. A pilgrimage was made from the 
TJayside Inn in Sudbury to "The Wayside in Concord to-day. 




Friday, July 24, 1936 Cloudy 

A mingled scent of bayberry and ocean breezes 
was brought to our inland Inn today by a lady who 
makes bayberry candles, bhe was one of a group being 
shown through the Inn and upon seeing the candle mold 
in the Kitchen very modestly but entertainingly told 
her story while hostess and guests listened with 
great interest. She gathers her own berries from 
some island near Atlantic City, boils them and skins 
off the fragrant wax which rises to the surgace. The 
wicks are tied to skewers and dipped in the hot wax until 
of the right thickness. The skewers are balanced be- 
tween dippings upon the backs of two chairs in the good 
old fashioned way. The finished product green and sweet 
smelling she gives away at Christmas time to her friends. 

Miss Fi sher 

Saturday, July 25, 1936 Very pleasant 

While 50 or 60 Massachusetts people were holding 
a meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida to-day, 275 winter 
residents of St. Petersburg from Massachusetts were 
holding a summer reunion at the Tayside Inn, The 
reunion consisted of a luncheon served at 12:30 in the 
large dining room £> llowed by a business and entertainment 
session in the large ball-room. During the business 
meeting the President of the group Mr. Laurence Campbell 
spoke of the fine time which the members were having 
at the Wayside Inn. He said that everything was fine - 
the day, the food, the service, the house; everything. 
After which statement there was loud applause J If we can 
judge the good time had by the guests by the length of 
time they stayed, then we know that they enjoyed their 
day. Members of the Massachusetts Tourist Society, for 
that is the name of the organization, began to arrive early 
in the morning. They walked about the gounds, visited 
the school house, were shown through the Inn and made 
themselves generally at home until late in the afternoon. 
Wayside Inn personel who had worked from early morning 
till lat4 afternoon said that they were tired but pleased 
in having one of the largest days of the season. 


Sunday, July 26, 1936 Pleasant 

"Give a man leisure and you 
will find out his real instincts 11 

This quotation caught our eye and made us think about 
many people who spend their leisure at Ytayside Inn, 
Especially at this time of year. Every day you will 
see a Father, Mother and children arrive at the front 
door. Its Fathers vacation; its vacation time for the 
children and last but not least, its a rest and change 
for Mother. The whole family has been given leisure. 

"Give a man leisure and you 
will find out his real instincts" 

According to the above quotation then, the families 
we see at the Tayside Inn at this time of year, in- 
stinctively want to spend their leisure in a worth 
while way. They want to see places where history has 
been made; find out how their forefathers lived; 
learn about economic conditions of a previous century. 
In other words we are pleased to learn that so many 
people, when given leisure, want to spend it in this 
profitable manner. 

Monday, July 27, 1936 Pleasant 

The fame of Wayside Inn blueberry pie is spreading 
far and wide. One of the waitresses tells us that a 
lady, who was having dinner here the other day, said 
that when she was up in Maine this amraer she heard about 
our blueberry pie - "I heard that you served perfectly 
wonderful blueberry pie. Thats why I stopped here. I 
wanted some of it." Aft§r our guest had finished a 
generous piece, Mary asked her if the pie had reached 
her expectations. "Indeed it has" - she said. It has 
been noticed that when guests are ordering luncheon or 
dinner from our menu, blueberry pie is a favorite. 
Frequently we hear - "I want the blueberry pie" or 
"May I have the blueberry pie?" or "Goodie, we can have 
blueberry pie J" 


Tuesday July 2$, 1936 Pleasant 

Ex-governor and Mrs. Ely were recent guests. They 
came unanounced and modestly asked for luncheon. But 
they were soon "discovered" by hostesses and guests. 
Several guests shook hands with the ex-governor and others 
chatted with him. Mrs. Ely said that they liked to 
come here but since the other road, Route 9, had been 
put in between Boston and Worcester, they usually followed 
it instead of coming this way, by Route 20. "But", she 
added, "today we made a ppecial effort to come and have 
lunch with you." 

Wednesday, July 29, 1936 Pleasant 

The Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition which opened 
this week at Robinson Hall in Cambridge is without 
doubt the finest collection of early Americana seen in 
New England for many years and as several accounts of 
it have stated, it is the first, last and will probably 
be the only opportunity of seeing many of the items 
displayed. We were particularly interested in "A westerly 
view of the Colleges in Cambridge, New England 1768" by 
Paul Revere. The chest or cupboard of oak belonging to 
John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians is worthy o? note. 
The "great salt" - a beautiful silver dish, bequeathed 
to the college in 1644 is on display. Several items 
reminded us of things we have at the Inn, a fire bucket 
marked "No. 22 College 1802", a grease or slut lamp, a 
Tinder Pistol, a Carver chair, wooden or "Treen" ware of 
the 17th century etc. 


, .. 

Chair made about 1740 by Ed- 
ward Holyoke and shown in 
Harvard Tercentenary «how. 

Thursday, July 30, 1936 


We gleaned a littel information tonight from a 
kindly, elderly gentleman who told us why old fire 
buckets v/ere always made of leather. He said that as 
the fire buckets were passed along down the line from 
one many to another a bucket finally reached the man 
nearest the fire. He was instructed to throw the water 
on the fire, then drop the empty bucket as quickly as 
possible. This was done in order to save time, of course 
But when the bucket dropped to the ground, if made of 
leather, it wouldn't bread or crack. Furthermore it 
couldn*t harm anyone or ay thing it might hit J Our 
gentleman guest said: "If the bucket should happen to 
hit you on the head it would be a nice soft hit J n 


Friday, July 31, 1936 Pleasant 

We didn't expect this to be an especially busy day, 
but it turned out to be so J Altogether we served 250 
people in the dining room and accomodated 16 guests for 
overnight. At noon time the Tauck Tours arrived with 
their usual bus load. Late in the afternoon a bus 
brought a group of 18 from Peabody College in Nashville, 
Tenn. In the meantime there were many regular tourists 
to see the house. A rushing business of selling books 
and post cards was done over the old Bar. Just at dinner 
time overnight guests, coming in twos and threes seemed 
to arrive all tt the same time. The hostesses needed 
wings to fly from front door to pantry and up and down 
stairs again*. 

Saturday, Aug. 1, 1936 Pleasant 

Tid-bits of conversation overheard by a hostess. 

"I've been wanting to come here for twenty or twenty- 
five years and I've enjoyed every minute" 

An elderly maiden lady. n People don't believe me when 
I say I've had beaus. But I have and I've dance at the 
Wayside Inn wth them - up in the old Ball Room, 

Lady coming down stairs with old coat hanger in her 
hand, "My friend can't get up stairs so I'm bringing 
this down to show to her." 

"TCe've been in all the historical places around Boston 
and this the most interesting of all". 

"Don't know whether I'll be here again but I'll send 
lots of friends" 

Gentleman eating Inding Pudding: "Now I know what made 
our forefathers strong". 

"I've been here many times and feel kind of at home here 

"The flowers all through the house are lovely" 


Sunday, August 2, 1936 


Flowers from our gardens are the source of 
much favorable comment. People exclaim about the 
large bouquets seen around the house. One little 
old lady kept hovering around a large bunch of 
flowers in the Parlor. "My" she said, "Thats the 
loveliest thing I've seen." She turned to another 
guest, a stranger, "Why" , she exclaimed, "did you 
ever see anything more beautiful?" "I've raised 
snow on the mountain but I've never seen any as 
gorgeous as that!" Finally our little lady sat down 
in a chair nearby and lingered close to the flowers, 
Another remark came forth. "Against that window and 
in that jar - its perfect I" The particular com- 
bination of which our guest spoke was made up of vari 
colored gladioli, snow on the mountain and white 
phlox in a dark brown Bennington pitcher. 

Monday, August 3, 1936 Pleasant 

It is always fun to compare notes with those who ^ 
enjoy the same interests. V.'e were pleased, when two lad- 
ies, after having lunch here, informed us that they were 
from Wiggins Old Tavern in Northampton, Mass. One of 
them is the old store "keeper" and the other lady sells 
antiques there. Mr Wiggins, owner of the Northampton 
Hotel, plsns to establish a colonial village. He already 
has a country store and a tavern. V/e recognized two more 
ladies today who were lunching here as being hostesses 
from Miss Sears "Fruitlands" in Harvard, Mass. An attrac- 
tive young lady came to the bar after dinner a short time 
ago and told us that she is a helper in a tea room at 
Gill, Mass. cabled the Tied Barn. Still another young lady 
gave us an interesting account of her work in historical 
research at Williamsburg, Va. 

Tuesday, August 4, 193 6 Showers 

Lss Fisher has gathered in sore interesting bits 
of information from our guests during the r>aot week. Tlr hen 
showing the Pistol-tinder in our old kitchen she was told 
that Dunhill, the famous tobacco firm in London, is making 
copies of the old Pistol-tinder box. Recently these Dun- 
hill reproduction lighters appeared in an exclusive shop 
in Hollywood. Joan Crawford bought them all. Ole Bull's 
picture in the parlor brought forth the information from 
a nurse, one of our guests, that she had taken care of 
Paul Kouhanski, Polish violinist. Mr Kouhanski was given 
a Stradivarius violin wor .300. It was given to him 
by the English Royal family. It formerly belonged to Ole 
Bull and is the very violin which Ole Bull is holding in 
his hand in our picture. Mr Kouhanski died two years ago. 
Our guest said that he used to lie in bed, look at the 
violin but had no strength to play. 


*,"edne sd^y, August 5, 193 6 

The reader may think it unnecessary or out of keep> 
ing to write in the Diary about historical places other 
than the ".'ayside Inn. In the summer time, however, we 
h:ve more opportunity to visit other historicrl places. 
We hear our guests speak of them frequently, "e like to 
see them for ourselves that we may di^cuos them intelli- 
gently with our guest s. ihis week we have visited the 
Pioneer Village in Salem, Mass. Calvin Coolidge, after a 
visit there said: "It would be wholesome to think more 

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Wednesday August 5, 1936(cont) 

of these things. It would reduce complaint and increase 
contentment ." The village is made up of crude little 
buildings such as were cuilt by the very first settlers 
in New England. There are three types of shelter, the 
dug-out, the wigwam and the thatched roof cottage. The 
only house which did not look a bit foreign to our eye 

s the Governor's hou.= e. All had a large fireplace but 
were sparsely furnished of taoles and chairs. Of greet 
interest was the typical Puritan garden where onlj 
plants useful in cooking or medicine were Planted. Abo. t 
the village one sees evidences of the old industries, 
the pit for log sawing, the brick kiln, and apparatus 
for salt making. The pillory and stocks required by li 
in Massachusetts settlements stand in the village square 

Cije fJtllorp ant> H>tocUs in tfje "tillage Square 

Jtiterinr nf BJiguiam 


Thursday, August 6, 1936 Pleasant 

Mrs Hurst was a sprightly little lady with gray 
hair and a broad smile. She seemed so interested and 
beamed at our discriptions of all the old utensils in 
the kitchen, ".hen v.e reached the Parlor Mrs Hurst \ 
quiet as the hostess talked about Longfellow but when 
an opportunity came, Mrs Hurst asked some very unusual 
que t ions; questions which showed a deep understanding 
and knowledge of the Tales of a ".'ayside Irin. For instance, 
when "Princess Mary's Pictured Face" was called to her 
attention, she said, "You know, I've never been able to 
find out where Princess Mary fits in to English history. 
Did she ever become a queer of England?" Later she ex- 
claimed, "Oh! It's so wonderful to see these pictures 
of the men who told the Tales!" Finally a daughter who 
accompanied Mrs Hurst confessed. She said, "My mother 
has been teaching the Tales of a V/ayside Inn in school 
for over thirty years." Then we could easily imagine 
Mrs Hurst's thrill at being here. 3he told us that her' 
pupils enjoyed the Tales almost more then anything 
else and that she alv.ays tried to make it especially in- 
teresting to them. "My", she said, "It will add so much 
to my teaching next yeor when I can say that I've really 
been here!" Mrs Hurst is a teacher in Almo, Michigan. 
We thought it would be a nice gesture to present Mrs 
Hurst with a complimentary copy of the i'ales, but we 
learned that she already possessed 3 copies! 

Friday, August 7, IS Z 6 Pleasant 

There was a little furore of excitement in the 
Bar room this afternoon when one of the guests discovered 
that the old Inn-keepers bill for food and lodging which 
hangs framed near the hall doorway, is dated Aua 7, 1797 . 
It was not long before some mental arithmetic had been 
done &nd the statement made: "This account is exactly 259 
years old today!" Guests crowded around to see the bill 
which reads in part : 

Thirsday august 7th 1777 

Dinner one mes oats 0:1:4 

Glass rum - Dinner 0:1:6 

Horse keeping 0:1:0 

Horse jorney 25 miles 0:5:10 

Total 1 : 14 : 6 

A true acont William Bradford 

Deliverer to Oapt Crosby. 

;ayside inn diary 

Saturday, Aug. 8, 1936 

Very pleasant 

A Chinese Proverb says: "One picture is worth 
10,000 wo* ds. 

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dame 
the former Thelma 
^ilhelmson of «est 
Roxbury, married 
to-day in the 
Longfellow Memorial 
garden at Wayside 

Kr. &Mrs. G.E. Leason 
celebrating their 50th 
wedding anniversary at 
the Wayside Inn 


Mr. &Mrs . Leason 

married 50 years ago 
to-day and Mr.&Mrs. 
Dame married to-day. 


Saturday, Aug. 8, 1936 continued 

The Bridal party - immediately after 
the ceremony 

Mr. & Mrs. Leason of Hyde Park, Mass. 
and their 3 children 

Mr. & Mrs. Leason & 4 children 



Sunday, August 9, 1936 Pleasant 

This has been a kind of reunion week-end 
for friends of the Wayside Inn. Last Friday we 
were surprised when our friend Mr. Baxter who 
plays the dulcimer in Mr. Ford's orchestra, came 
in "just to show the missus the place", he said. 
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter stayed through most of the 
afternoon and shook hands with Mr. Sennott, a number 
of the waitresses and hostesses. Next we were delighted 
to receive the first contingent or the advance guard 
of the Boys School Reunion. Two or three of the boys 
arrived yesterday. They are looking splendid and seem to 
have grown up considerably since we last saw them ~ 
but more about the boys reunion later. Our next 7?'ayside 
Inn-er came for dinner recently. She was Marion Labree, 
sweet young hostess and Bar-maid who was with us for 
two or three years beginning in 1923 when the Inn was 
first purchased by Mr. Ford. Marian is now the wife of 
Dr. Quevsos of Guatemala City, Central America. She 
has a small child. Last but not least of the Wayside 
Inn family to return was Mr. W. W. Tayor . We saw him 
for only a few minutes but it was nice to have e 
glimpse of him and we were glad to see him jolly and 

Monday, Sugust 10, 1936 Pleasant 

Every afternoon at 3 o'clock promptly there is 
an influx of visitors - usually a group of about 30 
or 40 men and women. They are passengers on the Gray 
Line Bus tour which makes a circuit of Lexington and 
Concord and Wayside Inn. Like other people who come 
in busses, this tour brings sd me of our most interested 
visitors. They come from all parts of the country. 
Promptly at half past three the Bus horn sounds and 
they are on their way back to Boston. Below is a picture 
of the regular 3 o'clock Gray Line Bus with passengers 

and riTivflra. ... 


Tuesday, August 11, 1936 Pleasant 

Six boys have come for the Wayside Inn:J3oys 
School reunion and v/e were prowd to entertain them 
as guests of the Inn to-day. There wasn't time to talk 
with each one individually but we did hear something 
of their ambitions, their friends and their work, in all 
of which we are very interested. They all look wonderfully 
well; well mannered, well groomed and physically well. 
"I think theres a chance fbr me" or "I've been able 
to get along pretty well" or "Its oeen a great ex- 
perience" were remarks heard frequently. Much was 
said about Greenfield Village and we were ofcourse in- 
terested in what Earl Stoddard told of his work with the 
guides there. Some of the 'coys brought friends with them 
and all seemed intent on making every minute of their 
vacation time count for seeing old friends. The boys who 
came for the reunion were: 

Charles Backus 
Mike 3olesky 
George Hill 
Earl Stoddard 
Louis Seligman 
Thomas Li age 11a 

Wednesday, August 12, 1936 Pleasant 

One of our recent visitors has been Mr. Walter 
Ellis, president of the Haddonfield Historical 
Society of Haddonfield, N.J. He reminded us that 
Haddonfield is the setting of the Theologians' Tale 
in Tales of a V'ayside Inn. The story of Elizabeth 
Haddon is a. simple, winsome tale. There are some lines 
that we like very much, for instance: 

"Ships that pajs in the night, and speak 

each other in passing, 
Only a signal shown and a distant voice 

in the darkness; 
So on the ocean of life, we pass and 

speak one another, 
Only a look and a voice, then darkness 

again and a silence." 

Mr. Ellis knw the tale well. He told us of other 
historical interests in Haddonfield. We had not known 
that it was in the Old King Hotel in Haddonfield that 
the Assembly met and passed the resolution to make 
New Jersey a state. 


Thursday, August 13, 1936 Pleasant 

A tiny Boston Bean pot and a handkerchief 
were the favors given to each guest of the Apole 
Growers Association of America who had luncheon 
here to-day. Two hundred wives of convention 
members were entertained with a bus trip to 
Lexington and Concord ending with luncheon at tie 
7 ay side Inn. During the luncheon lucky numbers 
were drawn and prizes given - adding to the pleasure 
of the occasion. We heard on all ides that the 
luncheon was delicious a d the service excellent. 
"I think every body is just thrilled with the place" 
remarked one of the ladies. Tables in the large 
dining room looked particularly pretty with freshly cut 
summer flowers. 


You may joke about our culture or our provincial 

Deplore our queer and twisted streets that lead 

you in a maze, 
Yes! — ridicule our accent, our manners, or our 

But — be discreet, for love of Pete and 
Don't decry our Beans. 

© '"■-'» 


Friday, August 14, 1936 "'arm 

We might call the wool carders and the flax 
hetchel in our old kitchen, two unattractive exhibits. 
There is nothing pretty or graceful about thera, but 
they are interesting and were undoubtedly found in 
every well equipped farmhouse of the 18th century. 
The carders - two flat pieces of board with tiny. little 
teeth - and the hetchel with long large spikes- attracted 
the. attention of an elderly gentleman to-day. He gave 
us a conundrum about the carders. 

"East, west, north, south 
500 teeth and nary a mouth." 

For the flax hetchel he contributed the information 
that when a chold was particularly naughty in the old 
days, his mother would say "That child needs hetcheling". 


Saturday, August 15, 1936 Very warm 

It might be said that Mary Cronin hasthe best 
sense of humor of any of our waitresses. At least 
she has an especially good repertoire of funny stories. 
To-day she told us a story which is very apropos of 
our weather conditions. She said: "A poor negro was 
walking down the street on a very cold, windy, winter 
day. He was poorly clad in a thin sack sui^, no over- 
coat or gloves. Finally he sang out - "OH, V'ind, where 
were you last August!" This being the warmest day of 
the season, we too have wondered where a nice cool v/ind 
could be found. We have wished for a cold Februarjr 
breeze. Guests have looked hot and fagged all day. 
"omen have arrived with fans end men without coats. 


Sunday August 16, 1936 Pleasant 

Yfhen some of our guests appear for luncheon 
or dinner we do not think of them as guests, but rather 
as personal friends. The3r talk to us of their personal 
life; the books they have been reading, trips they have 
taken, ofter Inns they have visisted and instead of giving 
them the usual explanatory information about the Wayside 
Inn we tell them about our flowers or our recent visitors 
or we mention the schools. They are keenly interested 
in what we have been doing. "TCe like to see these Wayside 
Inn friends for they bring a cheery smile and greeting 
and on leaving they always promise to come again. Some 
of our friends who come most frequently are the 

Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Smith Winthrop, Mass 

Mr. A. F. Knowlton Worcester, Mass 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Bowker Worcester, Mass 

Mr. & Mrs. Perry Providence, R.I. 

Mr. & Mrs. George F. Gookin Cambridge, Mass 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Stewart Brookline, Mass 

Mr. & Mrs. Heywood Providence, R. I. 

Mr. & Mrs. Humphries Brookline, Mass. 

Mr. James Baker Concord, Mass 


Monday, August 17, 1936 Warm, showers 

It is almost the greatest pleaure you can imagine 
and a real service, to show a blind person the ITayside 
Inn. Today we entertained five elderly ladies from the 
Memorial ;Home for the Blind in Worcester. They set down 
in the Bar-room while Miss DeMille took first one object 
then another from its customary place and asked them to 
feel of it while she explained it carefully to them. 
The expressions of delight and pier sure and the smiles 
brought forth were of a sincere and genuine nature seldom 
seen. Another blind guest was a Mr. Irwin Palmer who 
stayed overnight. The next morning we had the oleaare 
of telling him about the TTayside Inn. A more appreciative 
visitor is hard to find. Later we had a letter from Mrs. 
Palmer from the American Foundation for the Blind in 
New York. 7?e didn't like to ask Mr. Palmer his business 
altho* we felt that one with such a keen mind was probably 
employed in some useful occupation. Very like ly Mr. 
Palmer is connected in an official way with the above 

Tuesday, August 18, 1936 Cooler 

The writer wishes it were possible to give an 
adequate pi cure of the Wayside Inn on a busy summer day, 
to describe every visitor, to tell of every little in- 
cident that happens in the course of twelve hours. It 
is truly thrilling to be here, to greet men, women and 
children from every part of the United States who have 
found their wuy to the Wayside Inn and then to give them 
what we can of the life and thought , the atmosphere and 
friendliness of this dear old place. "You have made this 
house live for me", declared a guest the other day. That 
is what we try to do for every single visitor. 



Mr. Kenneth Petrak 
Mr. George Burns Jr. 

Miss Annabelle Schweitzer 
mother and sister 


lYSIDE inn diary 

Wednesday, August 19, 1936 Cloudy .& ?*indy 

Mr. & Mrs. L. S. Sheldrick and their daughter 
Miss Barbara Sheldrick from Dearborn were here for 
luncheon today. They made a tour of the house under 
Miss DeMille's guidance and were shown the things outside 
by Mr. Sennott. Miss DeMille reports that they had a 
very good time. She said that they were anxious to see 
places that they remembered after being here 9 years 
ago. We had been looking forward to their visit and glad 
they could spend a few houss with us. 

Thursday, August 20, 1936 ^rra 

Two very attractive young men soent the night 
here tonight. They were both from San Francisco. One 
of them was Mr. Lawrence Livingston, Jr. and the other 
we judged to be his companion. Mr. Livingston is only 
18 years old but evidently his parents deemed it an 
opportune time to send him on a trip, especially to see 
American First. Consequently after graduating from High 
School this past June, the boys started by boat through 
the Panama Canal, thence to New York. From there they 
took a train to Detroit where they purchased a new 
Ford car, "just to be loyal, you know" said young Mr. 
Livingston with a twinkle in his eye. Coming back east the 
boys have seen Boston and vicinity. From here they planned 
to go through the \Tnite Mts. Then to Washington, D.C. and 
home through the National Parks. Mr. Livingston enter- 
tained us the whole evening with stories of his travels. 
He expects to enter Stamford University this Fall and then 
to the Harvard Lav; School. "I'll surely be neighborly when 
I'm at Harvard" he said. 


Friday, August 21, 1936 


Speaking of our friends Mr. & Mrs. Perry. They 
carae to-day. Mrs. Perry had carefully copied the following 
verse for us. She found it on a Tavern guest book down 
on Cape Cod. Vie think the "Rules of this xavern" might 
have applied to the Red Horse xavern when kept by a Howe 
landlord in the 18th century. 

rwo pence a night for bed 

Six pence wi th supper 

No more than five to sleep in one bed 

Organ grinders to sleep in the V?ash house 

No dogs allowed upstairs 

No beer allowed in the Kitchen 

No Razor grinders or Tinkers tfken in 

Saturday, August 22, 1936 


A group from the American Bar Association, Librarians 
in charge of Law Libraries carae for dinner tonight under the 
leadership of Prof. Eldron R. James of the Harvard Lav: 
School. They were a fine group, interested in the Inn and 
the schools which they had ann ooportunity to see before 
dinner. After an especially arranged dinner, 
carefully prepared menu, served to 77they had 
The principal speaker was Judge Lummis of trie 
of Massachusetts. 

that is , a 
some speeches. 
Federal Court 

?;ayside inn diary 

Sunday, August 23, 1936 


The way automobiles swarm around the Grist Mill 
on Sunday afternoons is indicative of considerable 
interest. Since the mill hat been open on Sunday, 
there is a decided increase in the number of visitors 
there. To drive a car along the road oy the mill at 
three or four o'clock in the afternoon means to slow 
down to a speed of 5 or 10 niles an hour. Visitors 
park their cars on either side of the road and then 
scurry across the field to the mill. They enjoy the 
picturesque setting of the mill and seem to like 
wandering about bothe inside and outside. The miller 
reports a good dispersement of flour and guests are 
pleased with the unique and yet practical souvenier they 
can carry away from the 'Vaysice Inn. 

Monday, August 24, 1936 


We are going to call this the average summer day. 
One hundred and fifty-five guests were served in the 
dining room and two hundred and thirty-five people came 
just to see the house; making a total of three hundred 
and ninety visitors. In the evening, the governor of 
North Carolina, Honorable J.C.R. Elringhr™. was a dinner 
guest. His name now apoea rs under that of Ex-Governor 
Ely of Massachusetts in our special guest book. 


Tuesday, August 25, 1936 


Below is a picture of our dear friend Mr. James E. 
Baker of Concord. 

Mr. Baker recently 
presented us with a 
number of old books. 
They are mostly 
early 14th century 
school books 

Mr. Baker said 
about the books: 

"Do whatever 
you like with 
them. I'd 
rather give them 
to you now end 
I'll know where 
they are". We 
will cherish 
them always as 
a kind of mem- 
orial to a 
fine friend of 
the Wayside Inn. 

7/ednesday, August 26, 1936 


We had been expecting several guests to arrive from 
Detroit, but we didn't expect them to all arrive at the 
same time! They did, however. Around dinner time this 
evening, two boys, Mr. Kenneth Petrak and Mr. George Burns Jr 
arrived. Soon afterwards, Miss Annabelle Schweitzer, her 
mother and sister «&n.e in. Later Mr. and Mrs. R. E. B'elix 
appeared. The latter are not directly from Detroit, but 
indirectly. Mrs. Felix being Mr. Carapsall's daughter. We 
hope that th^y will all enjoy their stay at the Inn. 


Mrs. Cora E. Leraon and. 
son, Mr. Edward ?. Leraon 
visitors to the Inn on 
August 25, 1936 


Thursday, August 27, 1936 


Mr. Sennottt anc the hostesses have been busy in 
making our house guests comfortable and in showing 
them the house and grounds. Miss Schweitzer and her 
mother and sister left this afternoon. Miss Schweitzer 
told us something of her work in Mr. Ford's office and 
of the vacation trip they are having. The boys have 
visited Boston and have spent considerable time here in 
looking around the Dlace. We have discovered that they 
are particular ly fond of steak.* Mr. and Mrs. Felix 
enjoyed a game of tennis this afternoon. The boys and 
Mr. and Mrs. Felix are staying over tonight. Also a 
Mr. and Mrs. Backus and three children. Mr. Backus and 
his f ar ily paid us a visit this afternoon and decided to 
stay overnight. Mr. Backus is an assistant to Mr. 
Edsel Ford. 



Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Backus 
and 3 children 



Friday, August 28, 1936 


All day long we have entertained members of the 
American Bar Assoc ietion and their wives. Starting at 
11 o'clock this morning and on through till about 4 o' 
clock this afternoon, there came one bus load of people 
after another, making a total of approximately 400 
people who visited the Inn from that one convention, in 
session in Boston. They proved to be very nice people and 
very much interested in the house. There was an enthusiastic 
response to the hostess story end things to be seen outside 
the house were also enjoyed. In the evening 11 Jppanese gentle- 
men dined here. . . the party being arranged by Captain Otsuki 
one of our frequent guests. The following account tells 
about our distinguished guests. An excerpt of a clipping 
taken from the Boston Post of August 24th is also included. 

Admiral Yoshida 
Pays Flying Visit 
to Boston Yard 

Japanese Naval Officer Makes 

Tour of City and Departs 

for Niagara Falls 

Scuttling about in that swift, fan- 
ciful way to which vice' admirals and 
internationalists are rjieir, Vice Ad- 
miral Zengo Yoshida of the Imperial 
Japanese Navy paid an unofficial 
visit to Boston, saw a number of its 
representative sights, sped to Wor- 
cester with his staff and entrained 
for Niagara Falls. He will return to 
New York, where part of the Japan- 
ese squadron is making a friendly 

Vice Admiral Yoshida and his staff 
were met at the South Station by 
Lieutenant Yukio Otsuki and a dele- j 
gation of local Japanese business 
men, including Dr. Fugisturo and 
Yatsu Hashi. Acting Superintendent 
Edward W. Fallon provided a police 
escort for the visitors. 

At the Charlestown Navy Yard the 
Japanese party called upon .Rear 
Admiral Walter R. Gherardi and 
were shown through the yard. They 
were in civilian dress and no salute 
was given. Commonwealth Pier, the 
Museum of Fine Ats. Harvard Uni- 
versity, historic Concord and the 
Wayside Inn were among points vis- 
ited by the Japanese guests. 

Vice Admiral Yoshida and his staff 
will visit Montreal and Ottawa, re- 
turning to New York on Monday and 
sailing for Japan Sept. 2. 

From speech made 

to the 



Assoc . 






Grant . 


Saturday, August 29, 1936 


This was a day full ;of much business in spite of the 
rain. By business we mean, ofcourse, guests for luncheon 
or dinner and to see the house. At noon time 18 men of the 
Grandmother Mince Meat Co. were served a chicken dinner 
in the old kitchen. A novel feature of their party was a 
large mince pie containing -- not mince meat — but orders 
for 110 tons of mince meat I 

Early morning visitors today were Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
La Forge of Darien, Conn. They were tremendously interested 
in the house and bought several of our books and post cards, 
then decided to stay here for luncheon. In the meantime, 
Miss Fisher identified Mr. La Forge as being the famous 
composer and musician who has trained many of our best opera 
singers. We asked Mr. LaForge to sign in our special guest book a 
and invited him to come again. He said: "I will and I'll send 
many of my friends to you". 

Also for luncheon came our friends Mr. and Mrs. Perry 
from Providence (mentioned in the Diary of August 16th) who 
were driving a spic span new Ford car. 


Sunday, August 30, 1936 Pleasant 

A Ford roadster from Dearborn, Michigan appeared in our 
parking space this morning. We soon learned that two more boys 
from the Edison Institute had arrived late last evening. They 
are Wijliam Donaldson and Robert Snow. After a good rest they 
had luncheon and then started to see and do all the interesting 
things. This afternnon they planned a sight-seeing tour of Boston, 

Monday, August 31, 1936 Pleasant 

Very little has been s:id about the Marys Lamb School hcuse 
in the diary recently, but it is a much talked about subject at 
the Inn these days. Many times during the day you c*n see small 
children grasping their parents hand on their way to the Redstone 
Schcol. We went down for a whi.e this afternoon and f-und the 
usual interest among the gusts in the appealing little story of 
the school. Guests do love to hear about it; they linger by the 
de ks and sit in the old seats. They like to reminisce about the 
little red school house which they attended and they do remember 
desks such as these, a stove exactly ]ike the one we have or a 
big bell like that used by Polly Kimball, the teacher. If the 
sale of Mary Lamb books, as we call them, is any indication of 
intere-t in the school, then we think there is a great deal of 
interest . 

Tuesday, September 1, 1936 Pleasant 


A great aeal has been written shout the Betty and Phoebe 
lamps. S me say that the origin of the name Betty is from the 
German word "besser" meaning better. The Betty lamp is better 
than an earlier form. But where the name Phoebe originated ±s= 
is not known. A guest today offered a possible suggestion. 
He said that the name phoebe probably comes from "viel besser" 
meaning much better in German. We think this is worth recording. 
Viel is pronounced with the p h souncf^in phoebe. The Phoebe 
lamp is much better than the Betty. It has a double trough for 
catching the <f rippings of grease. 


Wednesday, September 2, 1936 Showers 

During these busy days we have heard the following remarks 
by our guests. 

"This is really the only place we have felt at home" 

"Gracious! Two hundred and fifty years old! I hope it 
doesn't fall down while I'm here," 

"It has been a privilege to be here," 

"The charm of the place is in its freedom". 

"That high-boy is not as handsome as the one my father had". 

"The guide told us to see this p^ace if we didn't see anything 
else in New England". 

Thursday, September 3, 1936 Showers 

We mentioned among our special Wayside Inn friends, Mr. snd 
Mrs. Humphries who come every Thursday night for dinner. Mrs. 
Humphries told us an interesting story when she was here tonight. 
She said that when she was entertaining a Madame Howe from France 
recently, she brought her guest to the Wayside Inn. When Madame 
Howe saw the landlord's coat-of-arms over the mantle in the Parlor 
she exclaimed "Why, it s the same coat-of-arms as is on my ringl" 
The peculiar circumstance is, that for several generations, Madame 
Howe's family have owned a house in England called "Wayside". 
More recently Madame Howe has lived in and owned a villa at Le 
Touquet, France which she has named Villa Wayside. 

Friday, Sept. 4, 1936 Pleasant 

Vari us comments are heard about the food served in our dining 
room. The most frequent remark is: "Its delicious, but I've eaten 
too muchl" The other day a lady said: "Your jams and jellies are 
excellent. Can't I buy some to gake home?" Tonight we had as a 
guest, the manager of the Endion Club in Washington, D. C. She 
asked: "Where in the world do you find your broilers?" "I can't 
buy chickens like this in Washington". In both cases the guests 
we^e informed that a great deal of our food is "home grown". The 
jams and jellies are made here and the cbickens 're raised on our 


Saturday, September 5, 1936 Pleasant 

Many people tell us how much they have enjoyed hearing 
about th e house; having the various household articles ex- 
plained and learning of Longfellow* s association with the 
Inn. But we think it a real compliment when a man, such as one 
who came to-day, expresses his sentiments. He was a large, 
rugged looking man, possibly a farmer. He listened attentively. 
When the hostess had finished the "story" in the kitchen she added: 
"I'd be glad to answer questions. It is difficult to cover the 
whole situation in a few minutes time." Then the man spoke out, 
spontaneously and sincerely. He said: "I think y u do excellent! r 
Another day recently the same type of person was listening in the 
Bar-room. After the story of the flint lock musket in the Bar room 
had been told, our guest said earnestly, "Now, ain't that a sweet 
little storyt" 


Sunday, Sept. 6, 1936 Pleasant 

This holiday week-end has brought the usual nrowd of 
guests to the Inn. Pleasant weather has added to their en- 
joyment and the girden, the school house and the mill have been 
visited by hundreds of people. Group aftsr group has been 
taken through the Inn and now - at the close of a busy day - 
it seems as if everything has run smoothly. Guests have been 
greeted at the door, shown through the house, ordered dinner 
and given a pleasant farewell on their departure. 

Monday, Sept. 7, 1936 Pleasant 

"When is the hostess going to tell the story of the 
house?" asked a guest this evening. Then he turned to his friend 
and said, "Yes, you must hear this story, its wonderful". "Why, 
is it so wonderful?" asked the gentlemen. "Because there is not 
another story just like this one in the whole wide world!" That 
is a new viewpoint; a new slant on the situation and it is, ofcourse, 
true. No where else in the world can a story be heard just .like the 
one we tell at the Wayside Inn — of an Inn 250 years old, in one 
family through five generations and immortalized by the poet 
Longfellow. It is indeed a great and true story. 

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1936 Showers 

The poster announcing the run of the coach "Cricket" from 
Boston to the Wayside Inn in the year 1901 has hung in a corner 
of the Bar for many years. Guests comment on it and ask questions 
about it. We haven't known much about the poster, an a matter of 
fact, except that some wealthy person in Boston wanted to revive 
coaching and supported a coach which came out to the Inn bringing 
luncheon guests. The fare was $5.00 round trip. To-day Mrs. 
Ray Dennis of Morristown N. J. lookedat the poster and exclaimed: 
"Why, I've ridden on that coach!" Mrs. Dennis came here when a girl. 
She remembers riding on the coach and says that the coach was a 
fancy of Mr. Howard Brown who owned ^nd drove it. Mrs. Dennis has 
some photographs of the coach which she promised to send for our 
historical file. 


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1936 


Not ong ago, when the A merican Bt A ssociation visited the Inn, 
the hostess w~s telling a large group about the household utensils 
in the kitchen. The sun suddenly went under a cloud and the room 
became rather dark. Those in the rear of the group had difficulty 
in seeing the various articles. Q uich as a wink, a gentleman on 
the front row of guests produced a flash light from his pocket. He 
flashed it on the article and a loud chorus from the rear voiced 
approval. "Thats finel" they said. Then as other articles were 
shown the flash light was again used until it became the source of 
some gaiety and laughter. Later when the picture below was being 
taken, some one of the ladies on the step called out, "Wait - here 
comes the man with the flash light!" Sure enough, down the gravel 
roadway, came our friend. Here he is in the center of the picture, 
the man with the flash light 1 

Thursday, Sept. 10, 1936 


The best piece of news for to-day is thet Mr. Henry Ford and 
Mr. Campsall arrived at the Inn this afternoon, to stay overnight. 
Needless to say thpt it is a great pleasure to the whole Wayside 
Inn family to this visit. 


Friday, Sept. 11, 1936 Pleasant 

Almost every day this week there have been several guests 
(gentlemen) with ribbon badges in the lapel of their coats. 
The badge indicates that the person is attending the Harva rd 
Tercentenary celebration. Different colored ribbons on the 
badges designate the particular field of education in which the 
person is working. Crimson ribbons, however, denote an invited 
guest of the University. To-day a gentleman with crimson ribbon 
badge arri.ed. He came with Prof. Ulich, a frequent guest and 
from Prof. Ulich we learned that we were entertaining one of the 
greatest scholars :.n the world, an outstanding representative of 
his field — Ancient La gal History and Roman Law. He was Prof. 
Wenger of Vienna University in Austria. "I bring these foreign 
people here," said Prof. Ulich, "because they think of America,^ as 
New York. I like them to see this place and what it represents of 
American life". Prof. Wenger consented to register in our special 
book. He started a new page. We've decided to reserve this one 
page for Harvards' distinguished guests and hope we have more of 

Saturday, Sept. 12, 1936 Cloudy 

One f ohe prettiest sights seen near the Inn presnted 
itself to-day when members of the Millwood Hunt came riding down 
the hill from Framingham. One of the members apologized for not 
appearing in their usual hunting costumes of dark green. Never- 
theless it w?is thrilling to hear the call "pack in", pack in" to 
the hounds and the swing of the riders — on their way to 
"take" six new jumps. 


Sunday, September 13, 1936 

Pie -is ant 

It was a surprise today to welcome to the Inn the person 
who painted the portrait of Lyman Howe which hangs in the P rlor 
and which is one of our most important exhibits. It will be 
remembered that Lyman Howe was the landlord at the time Long- 
fellow visited the Inn and that the poet included the landlord 
of the Inn in the goup he pictured around the fireplace telling 
the Tales, The Landlords story is perhaps the most famous — 
"Paul Revere' s Ride", It has often been wondered just when and 
where the portrait of Lyman Howe was obtained. Mr. Burdick, the 
artist sr.ys that he was engaged by Mr. Lemon to do the picture 
from an old daguerreotype Mr. Burdick has painted many portraits 
"from Maine to California " he said. His home is in Maiden, Mass. 
and he is now nearly ninety years old, but is especially keen 
and alert. He kindly consented to give us his autograph. 





Monday, September 14, 1936 



All the household was preparing today for the party to be 
held tomorrow. Not for a long time has so much attention been given 
to every detail of the affair w:,ich is to be a coming-out party for 
two of Bostons' debutantes. Just to show the kind of party that is 
planned, a few of the arrangements are hereby mentioned. 

90 ycung ladies to be seated in 
the large dining room 

2 "head" tables, one to seat 
14, one to seat 12 (for mothers and 

7 persons (including fathers 
and brothers) to be seated in 
old dining room 

Flowers on tables 
of the debutantes. 

Any members of the Press 
to be served luncheon in the 
old Dining room 

Large Ball-room to be used 
for reception previous to luncheon 

Orchestra (5 pieces to play 
for reception and luncheon 

- to match the gowns 



Tuesday, September 15, 1936 


The newspaper clipping below tells much about the 
most important event of the day at Wayside Inn. All ex- 
pressed deep appreciation of the good time and excellent 
luncheon enjoyed by the young people. 

From the Boston Transcript 
Saturday, Sept. 12, 1936 

Miss Alice ( 
Daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. 
Lyman of 
Who Will Be 
Presented to 
Society at a 
Luncheon at 
the Wayside 
Inn in Sudbury. 
On Tuesday, 
Sept. 15, with. 

Miss Edith 

Warren Chase. 

Miss Chase Is 

the Daughter of 

Mr. and Mrs. 


Chase of 

Milton. Both 

Debutantes Will 

Attend Smith 




Tuesday Luncheon 

A coming-out party which will be 
different, and which gives promise of 
being long remembered by those who 
attend, is the luncheon to be given 
next Tuesday for Miss Edith Warren 
Chase and Miss Alice Lyman, who 
are to be presented together at the 
Wayside Inn in Sudbury. 

Countless varied and delightful 
gatherings have been held in the 
picturesque Wayside- Inn, both In its 
early days immortalized by Longfel- 
low's poem and since its restoration 
and enlargement by Henry Ford, but 
this will be the first time on record 
that the hospitable hostel has been 
the scene of a debutante party. 
There is much interest at the inri'-irl 
preparing for the novel event, and, 
the charm of rural New England will 
be expressed in all the arrangements. 

Among the debutantes who are ex- 
pected to attend the luncheon are 
Miss Clementine and Miss Anna 
Hobbs, Miss Eleanor and Miss Vir- 
ginia Morss, Miss Elizabeth Alleg, 
Miss Patricia Baker, Miss Constance 
Barry, Miss Margetta Bigelow, Miss 
Jean Cowin, Miss Cynthia Harrison, 
Miss Clare Haskins, Miss Anne 
Means, Miss J£net McNeil, Miss Ali- 
son Kimpton, Miss Caroline Monks, 
Miss Sally Mosser, Miss Priscilla 
Peirce, .Miss Caroline Pierce, Miss 
Eleanor Poole, Miss Jean Richmond, 
Miss Janet Sabine, Miss Betsy Tower, 
Miss Eleanor Van Kleeck and Miss 
Virginia Vogel. 

Miss Chase is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Frederick Chase of Hillside 
street, Milton, and Miss Lyman's 
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harrison 
Franklin Lyman, of Lawson road, 
Winchester. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick 
A. Wellington of Boston and Rev. 
and Mrs. Payson Williston Lyman of 
Fall River were Miss Lyman's grand- 
parents, and Alfred.E. Wellington- of 
Boston is her uncle. Miss Chase's 
grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. H. 
C. Gallagher of Milton and Mr. and 
Mrs. Frederick Chase of Hanover, 
N. H. 

Miss Chase was graduated from 
Milton Academy and Miss Lyman 
from the May School in June. Their 
mothers were classmates and friends 
at Smith College and the debutantes 
are entering Smith together this fall. 


Wednesday, September 16, 1936 Cloudy 

The flowers give pleasure to so many people! They are 
much admired now. Recently an old friend of the Wayside Inn 
returned. She was Mrs. Ahearn who used to come here for 
dinner every Sunday with Mr. A hearn. This time Mr. A hearn 
was not here. After dinner Mrs. Xhearn said: "I could stop 
and take roses or any kind of flowers from a green house to 
put on Mr. Ahearns 1 grave, but more than anything else I want 
to take him a boquet of flowers from the Wayside Inn. A nice, 
large bunch was arranged, flowers from our garden. Mrs. Ahearn 
came this week and said that the Wayside Inn blossoms had 
lasted two weeks. 

Thursday, September 17, 1936 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. George Ebling from Dearborn arrived to-day 
and Mr. E.J. Cutler of Greenfield Village has been here for 
the past two days. Therefore it is a jolly party we are enter- 
taining. Mr. Ebling is taking some pic cures around the place 
and Mr. Cutler is at work in Lancaster, Ma3s. at the Luther 
Burbank birthplace. They usually join each other for dinner 
at night, however, and then sit by the open fireplaces and tell 
us much about Greenfield Village. 


Friday, September 18, 1936 


One of the best groups of the Summer season has been that 
brought by the Tauck Tours of New York. By best is meant best 
managed and best kind of visiitors. Every Friday noontime with 
remarkable regularity, from 40 - QQ people have arrived in motor 
coaches of the Tauck Tours under the direction of Mr, Martin. 
Every Friday has brought a different number and a different 
group of people but their director is always the same, Mr. Martin. 
3y this time the Wayside Inn family feels well acquainted with 
Mr. Martin. As a matter of fact we are thinking strongly of 
adopting this attractive young gentleman. He has alre-dy adopted 
Miss DeMille and Miss Staples as his 365th cousins. 

Tauck Tour Group 

See next page 



Friday, September 18, 1936 continued 

Below is a picture of Mr. Martin and Miss DeMille on their 
wa y to the Red Stone School where Miss DeMille tells the story 
of the school house to the Tauck Tour group. When snapping the 
picture Mr. Martin said: "Here we are - Mary and Nat on their way 
to the Red Stone School l^ 

Saturday, September 19, 1936 



Dinner guests last evening included many Harvard graduates 
attending the Tercentenary celebration. Among them w*s Mr. Pay son 
Smith, former Commissioner of Education for the State of Massa chusetts. 
Dinner guests this evening included the Misses Fosdick, daughters 
of Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick of New York. 



Sunday September 20, 1936 Colder 

There has been a fine house party of people from Dearborn here this 
week-end. Mr. Cutler and Mr. and Mrs. Ebling have already been mentioned 
and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Sullivan joined the group on Friday. The latter 
are on their honeymoon trip. Last evening they sat, 'till late, around 
the fireplace in the Bar-room while each told of his or her work at 
Dearborn. They have all been very pleasant guests and we were sorry to 
have Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan leave this morning. Mr. Cutler and Mr. and Mrs. 
Ebling planned to spend the day, today, on Cape Cod. 

Monday, September 21, 1936 Pleasant 

There has been a marked change during the past ten years in the 
reaction of our guests to the Inn; to the Inn itself and to the service 
we give. Ten years ago a knowledge of historical houses and period 
furnishings was harboured by comparatively few people. Today with the 
opening and preservation of many historic houses throughout the United Sta tes 
our guests have become more antique conscious; more historically minded. 
A profound study has been made of the subject. Intelligent q uestions 
are asked about life in the 18th century. Chippendale chairs and Betty 
lamps are familiar objects. 

A talk with Agnes, our head waitress, today revealed the fact 
that times have changed in the dining room also. Many more people dine 
away from their own homes today; they are eating "out" at various Inns, 
hotels and tea rooms. Therefore they have become food conscious; they 
are more discriminating and more particular about the food thst is 
served than were our patrons of ten years ago. 

It is well for us to recognize these changes; to be alert to see 
them and yet we hope not to change the Inn. Its charm lies in its 
authenticity as a typical Inn of the past and in keeping the same 
simplicity in its food and service. 

Tuesday, September 22, 1936 Cloudy 

The flowers from our garden wh^ch have been most plentiful and whic h 
have attracted the most attention this summer are the salipglosis and 
zinnias. The salpiglosis have been in dark red and purple shades and 
have looked like velvet. They lend themselves to graceful, arrangement. 
Many of cur guests ask their name, where and how they grow. The 
zinnias have been in especially nice shades of red and pink and they 
have been very large. Mr. Daveaux, our gardner, deserves the credit 
of growing these fine specimens. Recently he took several prizes for 
flowers grown in our garden. This was in a show at Framingham, Mass. 




Wednesday September 23, 1936 

Pleasant, warm 

Jane Cowl, the noted actress, paid us a visit today. 
It is a remarkable fact that Miss Cowl never fails to come 
to the Inn when she is in Boston. It is usually in the 
Fall of the year. Once she told us that she had a great 
fondness for the Inn; that she used to come here in Mr. 
Lemon's day and that she knew end liked Mr. Lemon; thought 
he was a very interesting character. Miss Cowl is always 
charming and gracious; as beautiful off the stage as on the 
stage and her lovely voice is the same. 



Tane Cowl, star of "First Lady," the George S. Kaufman-Katharine 
Dayton comedy, which opens a fortnight's engagement at the Shubert 
tomorrow night. Insets show Mr. Kaufman and Miss Dayton, whose col- 
laboration achieved a seasons run at the Music Box Theater in New York 

last season. 



Thursday, September 24, 1936 Pleasant 

The special guest register is becoming filled with a 
variety of autographs; unusual, cometimes queer unintelligible 
signatures. Here is a short poem, by a well known poet. 
On the next page we find some bars of music by a famous 
musician. Tonight we have added the miniature figure of a horse 
drawn by an artist. The artist is J. Louis Lundean who took 
pen in hand and in less than two minutes had dra>..n the horse • • 
"the animal I love" he said as he signed his name. Mr. Lundea n 
has recently written and illustrated an article on Polo for 
one of the popular magazines. 

Friday, September 25, 1936 Much colder 

So many of our guests are like "ships that pass in the 
night" to quote from Longfellow. They come and go and we 
will probably never know what a multitude of remarkably fine 
courageous men and women have been within the walls of 
this ancient Tavern. Sometimes when a guest lingers after the 
dinner hour or if he stops overnight, then we discover a hidden 
sorrow or a great joy or some tragedy in his life. It is apt 
to be the person with smiling face who has had the greatest 
sorrow, or vice versa, we find a great haipinesss in the life 
of one who looks sad. Tonight we entertained tvro smiling 
people, Mr. and Mrs. Berton from East Orange, N. J. who were 
as keenly interested in everything about the Inn as a child 
with a new toy. They asked questions; they made themselves 
at home; they walked in the garden and when evening came 
they modestly told us of their travels, all over the world; of 
entertainment in Japan, and of life in England. Enthusiastic 
and apparently full of the joy of living, they had found 
pleasure in the simple, unpretentious things. Then it came, 
like a shock to the hostess with whom they were talking, 
"We lost our only child, our only son, a boy in 3rd year 
college, only a short time ago" - said Mrs. Berton. 





Saturday, September 26, 1936 Cold 

The Reverend Mr. Peterson of Worcester brought a group 
of his Sunday School children to visit the Inn this afternoon. 
He told us that th s visit ws a special treat. It seems that 
Mr. Peterson thought it a good idea for those children who 
had to sty in the city during the summer months, to continue 
their Sunday School work. Therefore he conducted his school 
as usual through the summer. The children who came today were 
those having a perfect attendance record. No ome in the group 
had missed a Sunday. In reward Mr. Peterson promised the 
pupils an outing at the Waysiie Inn. After being conducted 
through the house, candy was provided for the youngsters and 
the hostess made it a point to shke hands with everyone of the 
sixteen Sunday School members. 



Sunday, September 27, 1936 P-rtly cloudy 

The debutante party of Sept. 15th is still fresh in our 
minds and today there appeared Ln the Boston Herald large pictures 
of the two young ladies - the Misses Lyman and Chase - t-ken just 
before their reception in the large Ball room. The pictures are 
very good, we think, and show well the charming gowns worn, just 
alike except for color. The large boquets of Fa^.1 flowers are also 
well pictured. These were sent to the y >ung ladies by a bachelor 
uncle. It was a coincidence that Miss Lyman came to the Inn today 
with her mother on their way to Morthampton where Miss Lyman is to 
enter Smith College. Miss C hase is a lso entering Smith this Fall 
and it is nice that these two Wayside Inn "debs" will be classmates, 
Space forbids the picture on this page but it will be seen on the 
following page. 

Monday, Sept. 28, 1936 Pleasant 

The Reverened Mr. Robinette came recently from Pawtucket, 
Rhode Island. He is a good looking, smooth shaven gentleman 
who has been coming to the Inn for years. He doesn't come regularly, 
but occasionally and we remember him well because he has a fine 
deep voice and is always courteous, kindly and gentlemanly. After 
eet'ng luncheon, Mr. Robinette came into the Bar-room and straight- 
forwardly expressed his sentiments about the waitresses in our dining 
room. He said: "Where do you find these splendid young women? 
They add so much to the enjoyment of a meal here. They are q uiet 
and move slowly; never seem rushed or excited. They arefriendly and 
gracious. It is more like service in your own home than in a public 
P-iace. I think of the waitresses here as my friends." 

(Photo hy Charlotte Crosby Studios) 

Miss Edith Warren Chase wore this gown of deep blue, flecked with silver when she 
was presented to society at a luncheon at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury at which sh« 
shared honors with Miss Alice Lyman. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred- 
erick Chase of Milton and is a graduate of Milton Academy. 


Tuesday, September 29, 1936 Partly cloudy 

Miss DeMiile reports a company of distinguished visitors for 
dinner here tonight. They came as guests of Mr. Yamanaka, the well- 
known J-.panese importer of Boston. The party of six included 
Mr. Mizogucki, Director of the Imperial Museum in Tokyo... Mr. 
Nonaka, research worker at the Fogg Museum in Cambridge and Mr. Sasaki 
of New York a Japanese Buddist Priest. The latter wore a small 
brown apron. Mr. Yamanaka, the host, is probably the oldest Japanese 
importer in America and has two beautiful stores, one in Boston and 
the other n New York. The other guests were more of the Harvard 
Tercentenary group, as there has been a special Japanese art exhibit 
at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in commemoration of H^rvards* 
300th year. These foreign guests enjoyed the Inn very much indeed. 

One of them said, "Do you know why we chose to come here tonight?" 

"To see the moon - and alas! there is no moonl" 

Wednesday, September 30, 1936 Cold and cloudy 

All the Inn family including the boys in the school have been 
deeply grieved to hear of the loss of one of our members, Earle 
Stoddard. We had known of the accident but news of his death came as 
a shock. We are more than thankful to have had the recent visit 
from Earle when his Wayside Inn class held their reunion this summer. 
Earle v:.s a nice looking boy, tall and light complextion; the sensitive, 
fragile type, q uiet and reserved in manner yet friendly 3nd gracious. 
He must have made a fine guide in the Greenfield Village at Dearborn 
where he was enployed. He talked enthusiastically about his work. 
He seemed to know what he was doing, what he wanted to do. In other 
words he had developed into a splendid young man of whom we were 
justly proud. Miss DeP4ille, Mr. Rostrum from the school with two 
boys, William Magner and Roger Fontaine attended last services for 
Earle today at the Rice Funeral home in Rockland, Mass. 

Thursday, October 1, 1936 Cloudy 

The day, today, was spent in entertaining two large groups. The 
larger one was composed of wives of members of the American Photo En- 
gravers Association attending a conention in Boston. This group of 
90 women came in four large busses. They were half an hour late in 
leaving Boston for their trip through Lexington and Concord to the Inn. 
Consequently they wete nearly an hour late in reaching here and lunch- 
eon was served at q uarter of three. After luncheon small groups 
gathered in the Bar-room and Parlor to hepr the story of the house. 

The second group was composed of 15 ladies from Concord, Mass. 
They enjoyed luncheon and in the afternoon made themselves at home in 
enjoying the fireplaces and in walking to the school and mill. These 
women were members of the Middlesex County Extension Service. 


Friday, October 2, 1936 Pleasant 

It was with real regret that we said good-bye today to the 
Tauck Tour group. This was their last visit of the season. 
Today the thirty-three passengers were accompanied by one of the 
managers of the Tauck Tour Company., • Mr. Keller. When leaving 
Mr. Kelter, with check book in one hand and pen in the other, said 
to a hostess: "I have been requested by Mr. Tauck to make a special 
payment to the Inn for the very fine service which has been rendered to 
our groups this summer. What can we do? Everybody here has been 
so kind, every waitress ~n the dining room, every person connected 
with the Inn with whom we have come in contact has waited upon us 
patiently and cheerfully. Is there any thing we can do to show 
our appreciation?" It wss explained that we did not desire any monetar y 
payment; that their satisfaction and good will w ; s our best reward. 

Saturday, October 3, 1936 Pleasant 

All kinds of pranks were played on y ung girl initiates of a 
sorority group which lunched here today. Starting at 9:30 o'clock 
in the morning the girls began to arrive. They painted their faces in 
grotesque ways, dressed in old togs and then went out in back of the 
Inn. There they participated in crazy stunts, asked foolish q ueitions 
and had a general good time. They laughed --nd made much fun. One 
of the girls accosted another "What time is it?" she asked, "Half- 
past" was the answer. And so on until lunch time when they came 
inside and enjoyed luncheon on the porch, 24 in number. In the 
afternoon a meeting was held in the Ball-room. 


Sunday, October 4, 1936 Pleasant 

A mistake w-s made in the diary of last week which needs 
to be corrected. It was stated that Jane Cowl visited the Inn 
on last Wednesday. Miss Cowl did not come until today. This 
afternoon a secretary called and informed us that the actress 
would be here with a party of six for tea . Miss Cowl was as 
lovely and charming as ever. We have been interested in a 
newspaper report of what Miss Cowl said when asked how she could 
go on day after day or rather performance after performance saying 
the same lines over and over again. Miss Cowl replied that she 
always bore in mind the fact that everyone in the audience had 
paid money to see the show; that each person should get his 
moneys worth. 

The same question might be asked of the hostesses ^t the 
Inn who repeat again and again the story of the house. The 
answer could be the same. Our guests have paid (25^) to see 
the house. It is the duty of the hostess to explain the house 
to everyone in a thorough and interesting manner. 

Monday, October 5, 1936 Pleasant 

An event of considerable importance to us, is the first 
sight-seeing tour of the Inn made by the new boys from the 
school. This morning 1\ of them came bright and early and 
were shown through the house by Miss DeMille. This we feel is 
a fine thing In getting the boys acquainted with their new home. 
It gives us the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the 
boys. We want them to have a genuine interest and appreciation 
of the Inn; to feel at home and become fond of the Inn during 
their four years here. 

Tuesday, October 6, 1936. Cloudy 

¥\ T ord came to-day of the death of Mr. Francis K. Sawyer 
in Sterling, Massachusetts. 



Tuesday, October 6 - continued. 

Nearly 200 Prairie Farmers came this afternoon as guests of 
Mr. Ford. They were conducted through the rooms in small groups. 
This enabled everybody to see and hear all the interesting details. 
Most of the people were from western states and showed much interest 
in our early New England. 

450 Prairie Farmers 
Plan Tour of Boston 

About 450 dairymen from Chicago 
and the Mid-West will arrive here 
tomorrow for a sight-seeing trip 
which will take them to all the spots 
of historic interest before they start 
home Thursday. 

This is the second annual visit to 
New England sponsored by the 
Prarie Farm Organization. Floyd 
Keepers, managing editor of the 
Prarie Farmer, is in charge. The 
visitors will stay at Hotel West- 

Wednesday, October 7, 1936 


Mr. Otsuki, our young Japanese friend who comes freq uently, 
has informed us that of all the places visited by members of the 
Japanese Training Sq uadron while in this country, the Wayside 
Inn was liked best of all. Mr. Otsuki gave us the itinerary 
of t..e company which visited practically all the important cities 
in the United States; Seattle, San Francisco, Washington Phila- 
delphia, New York and Boston. They liked Boston best and especially 
Wayside Inn, Mr. Otsuki said. Mr. Otsuki has asked permission 
to bring us a receipe for wafers — to be mede in our hand wrought 
w-fer iron which hangs in the Bar-room. Some evening in the winter 
we expect to make wafers in the fireplace with Mr. Otsuki 1 s 
help. Mr. Otsuki has al 50 promised us another treat. He asked: 
"Do you like candy? I bring you some Japanese candy." So we are 
anticipating an unusual gift. 


Thursay, October 8, 1936 Pleasant 

Mr, Sennott and Miss DeMille attended the funeral today of 
Mr. Sawyer. Miss DeMille spoke of a lovely basket of yellow 
roses sent by Mr. and Mrs. Ford. 

The first in the season of old kitchen dinners took place 
this evening/ A roast of beef was sizzling on the spit-rod in 
front of the fire at about 5:30 o f clock and Mrs. Morse, in colonial 
dress sjid cap served dinner at 7 o'clock. This was for a party of 
twelve. At every place the hostess put a tiny, hand blown glass 
bottle, each one different in shape and filled w\th a different 
colored beverage. Attached to the bottle was a place card. These 
seemed especially fitting souveniers for the occasion. There were 
also jokes of various kinds and candy and nuts. Mrs. Morse reported 
that the roa3t of beef cut "like a piece of cheese" and that there 
were second and third servings of the meat and vegetables. 

Friday. October 9. 1956 Plessant 

Included in the group of 25 members of the" Newcomen Society 
who lunched here today was President Compton of the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. Also Dr. L. K. Sillcox, 1st vice- 
president of the New York Airbrake Company; the chairman of Finance 
of the Chrysler fiutomobile Corporation; the President of the 
Worcester Institute of Technology and other man prominent In the 
field of engineering. The luncheon was part of a New England 
Pilgrimage program and after visiting the Inn and the mill the 
men were soon on their way to Boston with an escort of State 
Highway patrol. The following telegram was sent to Mr. Ford, a 
fellow-member of the Newcomen Society. 

Henry Ford 
Dearborn, Mich. 

Meeting today at Yfayside Inn so rich 
in historic association. Twenty five 
of your fellow members in Newcomen 
Society of England under chairmanship 
of President Compton extend to you our 
greetings and our expression of 
satisfaction that you are becoming 
identified with this American group. 

Signed Charles Penrose 
Vice President 
for North America 

In the Psrlor of the Wayside Inn 

The magic of the poets' song 
Has brought together round this hearth 
The forms of men de arted long, 
Vivid as when they trod the earth. 

Poet, musician, Spanish Jew 
Preacher and student speak in turn, 
In tales his art inflames anew 
As in the hearth the birch logs burn 

But ebbs the fire and s nks the 
Unless new fuel is supplied; 
The glories of the poet's fame, 
If men are c-.reless, soon subside 

So hail the thoughtful landlord here 
»>ho keeps the house an I fresh the fire 
Provides the mellow atmosphere 
That he I s good poets to aspire! 

i*»e gather in this haunted glow 
And drink again the poet's word 
Acknowledging the debt we srwe 
To our good landlord, Henry Ford 

Lindsey Best 
October 8, 1936 


Friday, October 9, 1936 continued 

A lovely, tall, slender young bride escorted by her father 
wlked to the fireplace end of the small ball room and w?.s there 
united in marriage to Mr. Lawrence L. Howard. The setting was quaint 
and simple with decorations of colorful autumn leaves. Guests in 
dark velvet evening gowns witnessed the ceremony and later partook 
of a wedding supper served n the small dining room. A large cake 
was placed between tall, tapering candles and it was as simple 
and perfect a wedding party as anyone could imagine. It happened 
that this date is the wedding anniversary of the brides Parents, 
Mr. and Mrs, H.fcold W. Schiorring and of her grandparents also. 

Saturday, October 10, 1936 Pleasant 

Monday, October 12, being Columbus Day the beginning of an 
influx of holiday weekend visitors began today. We served many 
luncheons at noon t ; me including a group of 40 from the Ten Acre 
School at Wellesley. Towards evening overnight guests began to 
arrive and soon every available guest room was pressed into service. 
Mrs. Gaston Plantiff and "Mother" Catchings, as she is called by 
Mrs. Plantiff arrived about 7 o'clock. Later Mrs. Plantiff and 
her daughter Miss Mary Ellen Plantiff entertained a party of ten 
for dinner. Altogether there were 21 overnight guests In the Inn 
and in the Cottage. Two small boys who became very good friends 
during the course of their stay here, slept on cots end we had 
what could easily be called — a full house. 


Sunday, Oct. 11, 1936 Very pleasant 

In the Prelude and Interludes to the Tales of a Wayside Inn, 
Longfellow speaks often of the time of year, the Autumn. He begins: 

"One Autumn night in Sudbury town 
Across the meadows bare and brown 
The windows of the wayside inn 
Gleamed red with fire-light through the leaves 
Of woodbine, hanging from the eaves 
Their crimson curtains rent and thin" 

Therefore this week is to be a Longfellow commenorative week in the 
Wayside Inn diary. Xutumn is here again; crisp, cold days with the usual 
brilliant coloring of the trees. Inside the fires burn on the hea rth. 
The setting is here anew in this glorious A uturan. 

Mrs. Gaston Plantiff and "Mother Catchings" left this morning by 
motor for New York. 

Monday, Oct. 12, 1936 Very pleasant 

"Around the fireside at their ease 
There sat a group of friends 

Who from the far-off noisy town 
Had to the wayside inn come down" 

Many groups of friends came from the "far-off noisy town" today 
to rest at Longfellow* s Wayside Inn. Stores, shops, manufacturing plants 
and industries of all kinds kept this Columbus Day a holiday in 
Massachusetts. They sat around the fire at their ease. They also enjoyed 
a bright Autumn day in the surrounding country. 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1936 Clouday 

"They saw the Landlord at the door 
The missing man, the portly Squire 1 . 
He had not entered, but he stood 
With both arms full of seasoned wood 
To feed the much devouring fire" 

Things were in a normal state today after the rush of the holiday. 
Guests reported that every inn, hotel and eating place along the roadway 
were filled to overflowing during the week-end. We like guests; lots of 
them, but the Inn seemed more charming than ever to-day when all was q uiet. 
As one sat in the Bar-room he could hear the clock tick and the fire crackle on 
the hearth. The writer was day dreaming contentedly when a mans heavy step was 
heard. It was the boy bringing in a large armful of wood. It clattered down 
into the wood box and left a scattering of chips on the floor. The boy then 
took the hearth brush and swept around the wood box and over the hearth; 
typical winter sounds on this cold A utumn day. 




U was decided to hold reunions 
-annually due to the increased in- 
•i ehow.n in th;m and the due. 
which were originally $1, ;:nd then 
dropped entirely he fifty cents 
this year. 

A chicken dinner was serv d at 
noon in Itlie old dining room fol- 
lowed by the afternoon program ol 
entertainment arranged by Mrs 
Dorothy B. Eklerkin, Stt&rlboru 
Charles W. Brigham of Attlebor- 
-:ded and announced the mira 
hers which included a violin solo 
by Paul Brigham of Xorthboro ami 
cornet numbers by his brother 
J:.mes; their mother, Mrs. Robert 
as a cou-p-anist; 
vocal selwtions by Kenneth C 
Howe with Miss Fisher, accom- 
]■<■ aDd sfcetches "How the 
Prighams Proposed in 1836 an-1 
1936." Mrs. Dorothy Elderkin ai:> 
W. Aubrey Porter portrayed the 
pioposal of a century ago with > 

A-nrie Brighair. and Kenn 
C. Howe enacting a \ modern pro- 

The Brigham orchestra, fan- 
several (Icades ago, was 
by Harry E. Brigham who 
tains the enthusiasm and 
which made bin; a lading figure in 
the world of music in the gay 90S- 
"The Laughing Song", ahvay 
favorite in the old days, was n 
ae ho twirled the big ba 
and brought him round after re 
pplause. The orchestra pla 
for general dancing at the 
s:on of the program, win 1 
brought to a close with the 
ins of "Anld -Lang Syne." 
T!he affair was considered 

most successful ever held h\ 
the a in. a spirit of gen 

and comradeship seeming a] ~ 
Ton ithering as the mem- 

chat.tefl with old and new 
I'?-;-- nds. 

Wayside Inn 

Oct. 12, 1936 





What Happed Hen 
.^rter Century Ag0 

Alfred Tennv 

^ at English T P ickens - the 

t ,, f ed himself a* tvi • He «x- 
th * historic old ial P,eased ^ith | 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1936 Cloudy- 

Mr. Hood, associated with educational projects in Greenfield Village 
arrived this evening. He made a suggestion to us which we think is apropos 
of the week. Mr. Hood suggests that there be placed in the Parlor of the 
Inn, a violin. He remembered the part of the Prelude where Longfellow 
speaks of the Musician and describes his instrument. 

"The instrument on Mhich he played 
Was in Cremona 1 s workshops made 
By a great master of the past 
Ere yet was lost the art divine; 
Fashioned of maple and of pine 
That in Tyrolean forests vast 
Had rocked and wrestled with the blast: 
Exquisite was it in design 
Perfect in each minutest part 
A marvel of the lutist' s art." 

Thursday, Oct. 15, 1936 Cloudy 

"And flashing on the window pane 
Emblazoned with its light and shade 
The jovial rhymes, that still remain 
Writ near a century ago 
By the great Major Molineaux" 

We had supposed until recently that it was Mr. Lemon who removed from the 
window the panes of glass mentioned above in the Prelude to the Tales. 
Mr. Dadman, son of the Mr. Dadman who occupied the Inn for a short time before 
mr. Lemon came, informed us recently that it was his father who removed the 
panes, had them framed and placed them over the mantle where they many now be 


Friday, Oct. 16, 1936 Cloudy 

"These are the tales, or new or old 
In idle moments idly told; 
Flowers of the field with petals thin 
Lilies that neither toil or spin 
And tufts of wayside weeds and gorse 
Hung in the parlor of the inn 
Beneath the sign of the Red Horse" 

Mr. O.S. Goan of New York City spoke recently of Longfellow and 
told a new story about him; at least it was new to us. He said that when 
Mr. Longfellow, on some occasion in Cleveland, was introduced to Mr. 
Longworth , the father of the late Nicholas Longworth, Speaker of the 
House of Representatives in Washington, Mr. Longfellow said to Mr. 
Longworth - - "Worth makes the man; the want of it, the fellow!" 

Saturday, Oct. 17, 1936 Rain 

It is hardly necessary to say more of the day, today, than did 
Longfellow in the Prelude to Part Second. His lines exactly describe 
our day. 

"A cold, uninterrupted rain 
That washed each southern window pane 
And made a river of theroad 
A sea of mist that overflowed 
The house, the barns, the gilded vane 
And drowned the upland and the plain". 

Comparatively few guests ventured out in the storm and those who 
came found the Inn as in the days of Longfellow: 

"A place of slumber and of dreams 
Remote among the wooded hills" 


Sunday, Oct. 18, 1936 Pleasant 

Dr. Robert Whitehill of Boston gave us some interesting 
information to-day. His grandfather, who was Jesse P^rmenter of 
Sudbury, used to drive the Limited M il Coach hich ran between 
Boston and Worcester. It came over the Post Road and by the 
Way ide Inn. "Up to WorceBter one day and down to Boston the 
next" said Dr. Whitehill. Ihe coach left from the Old State House in 
Boston. It was drawn by 4 horses; 6 in bad weather and there was 
a change of horses at each approx imate 10 miles. Ihe first change 
was at Waltham, 2nd change at Wayside Inn and 3rd at Northboro. If 
the coach was, by chance, a half hour late, there was a forfeit to 
pay. "Limited" meant that it carried only so much mail and the 
number of passengers was limited to six. Mr. P-rmenter was born in 
1811 and died in 1903. Dr. Whitehill said that he w s glad to 
give us this information; that his grandfather often spoke of the 
coach and its stop at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, Oct. 19, 1936 Pleasant 

We were very much pleased with the pdtures of the Wayside 
Inn and its schools taken by Mr. Ebling. Several of them appeared 
in the current issue of the Herald. We like especially the 
exterior view of the Inn. It may be seen on the following page. 
Not for a long time has a picture been made from this particular 

This is an interesting view of the Wayside Inn at South Sudbury, Massachusetts. 


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1936 Pleasant 

When our old friends Mr. end Mrs. Stillms n of 
Westerly, R. I. arrived the other evening to stay overnight 
with us, they announced th^t they h-^d just made a special trip 
to Boston to see the Japanese Exhibit at the Museum. Since 
this is the last week of this remrrkable display of Japanese 
art, Miss Fisher and Miss Sta pies decided to make a special 
effort to see it. Therefore we now have the exhibit catalogue reposing 
on our table and can converse with our guests about it, enthusiastic ally, 
Some of the men in charge of the exhibit, including the Director of 
the Imperial Museum in Tokyo have visited the Inn during their sojourn 
in Boston. 

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1936 Warm 

The mail has brought a copy of the prospectus of 
Mr. Russell Eettell's book on Early A merican Rooms. A-nong 
the twelve rooms which Mr. Kettell has chosen to describe and 
illustrate in his book, is the Bar-room of the Wayside Inn. 
This is re?lly flattering, we think, to have one of our rooms 
included in such a fine book as Mr. Kettell is briag'.ng ot.t. 
The purpose of the book is to help people to look at the artistic efforts 
of the more mportant periods of American Hi tory in the broadest possible 
way, in words, to understand social ^nd economic conditions during 
vrious periods which combine to produce certain characteristics in 
furniture design. A book of this sort is undoubtedly needed. So we 
have discovered wen attempting to some of the questions asked 
by our guests. 


Thursday, Oct. 22, 1936 


It w-:S the grace of "follow the leader" that was played 
here this morning as 525 school children followed Miss DeMille in 
single file through the Inn. They crrived -it the front door at 
9 o'clock. Miss DeMille led them through the P rlor, Washington 
Bed-room and up the back stairway — then through the bedrooms on the 
second floor and down the front stairway to the Bar-room , Washington 
Dining room and Old Kitchen. This is an annuel event taking about 
15 minutes of a day filled with sight seeing and pleasure for these 
children of the Worcester schools. 



Governor Curley is shown on the State House steps, yesterday, surrounde.'j } 
by children from "Garden City," in Worcester, who visited him at «£^r|f 


Friday, Oct. 23, 1936 Rain 

More and more of ^ur guests speak of the authenticity 
of the Inn; it soriginal condition and it s original location. 
"How do you account for it s fine state of preservation?" asked an 
architect. "I like it better than any other old house we've seen; 
it has more real charm and atmosphere" ssld a young man, aged 
a bout 14 years. "And thank goodness it has always stood right 
here on this very s ot" remarked a bright little old lady. There- 
fore we think more and more of the care and pains taken by various 
owners of the Inn - to preserve its antiquity. The Eowe family 
were proud and respectful owners, not given to changing or 
rr.cderizing. Mr. Lemon j-oved "the stairways worn and crazy doors 
and creaking and uneven floors". His aim was to revive and per- 
petuate. Needles,: to say, Mr. Ford is keeping up old traditions. 
Longfellow perhaps, helped more than anyone to immortalize the 
dear old Inn when he said: 

"As ancient as this hostelry 
As any in the land may be 
Built n the old Colonial day 
When men lived in a grander way 
With ampler hospitality" 


Saturday, Oct. 24, 1936 

The plan of the d ning roo* ^^^^sTspecially 
Proved again today to be a «™^™S ^SsJl have a 
good for the large group this sf *™°°* '^ ty consisted of 
Leting in the BaL i roo* o lowe * ^ ,^£ / a39a ?se tts 
90 members o' tr.e Zonta jud " . „ ' ts clocked do*n the small 

and Connecticut. Aft.. ■*"£•£; n fXg *^. Here they found a long 
SSTSLSwS^- ■& Ml flowers. lea cups end plates 
of sandwiches were in evidence. 

International Luncheon 

Ends Zonta Conference 


Three Day Program 
Here Filled With Busi- 
ness and Sociability 


Business Session Satur- 
day in Ballroom At 
Wayside Inn 

For the afternoon business session 
Saturday, the ballroom of the historic 
Wayside Inn was the setting, with o. 
crackling fire In the great fireplace 
welcoming the delegates. Following 
the business session, tea was served 
in the big dining room, followed by 
conducted tours through the Inn. 


Sunday, October 25, 1936 Pleasant 

Vie like the St. Mnrks School boys from Southboro, Mass. 
They come to the Inn every now and then to have a meal. Yesterday 
St. Marks played the Middlesex School in Football. After the game 
a very nice "mother", a Mrs. Burton from New York, entertained 
five or six boys at dinner, including her son who is captain of the 
St. M-:rks team. Mrs. Burton stayed here overnight and again this 
morning she entertained some of the boys at breakfast. "Give them 
the biggest and best break fast you have" she said. Our best break- 
fast includes muffins, ham and eggs and griddle cakes. These husky 
young men were able to consume it all. 

Monday, October 26, 1936 Partly c.oudy 

Ihis was re r liy a tremendous day for every department in the 
house. At 4 o'clock this afternoon a luncheon was served for 45 school 
teachers. Guest3 began to arrive around 6 o'clock. for the dinner of the 
Middlesex County Extension Service, headed by our neighbor Mr. Nathaniel 
Bowdich. One hundred and fifty persons in this organization were served 
a turkey dinner. At 6:30 o'clock an old Kitchen dinner w^s arranged for 
8 persons. This means that special service was needed in preparation 
of the dinner cooked around the fireplace and in serving it in the Old 
Kitchen. The fourth party, consisting of men only, was the initial meeting 
this season of the Waysiders group j Professor Schell of the Mass. Institute 
of Technology in charge. Consequently the house was buzzing with lively 
conversation; singing (by the largest group) and after-dinner speeches. 
There was not a "hitch" as we say, in making this a successful evening. 
Every group, every person was well cared for and many expressed their 

Tuesday, October 27, 1936 Pleasant 

The other evening Miss DeMille esco. ted a group of people through 
the h use and later enjoyed a friendly chat with them. They stayed overnight, 
Miss DeMille spoke many times of her delightful evenin. with them. This 
was about a week ago. Today a large pasteboard box arrived at the Sudbury 
Station, addressed to Miss DeMille and marked "flowers". It came all the 
way from Albany, N. Y. Much to Miss DeMille' s surprise it was a gift from 
the above overnight guests, Mr. and Mrs. Rockwood and Mr. and Mrs. Riggs. 
Ihe box contained 18 of the largest, loviest chrysanthemums imaginable, all 
different colors; the kind you see pinned on young ladies who attend foot- 
ball games. The whole Wayside family are now enjoying them in the Parlor 
and Old Dining room window. 


Wednesday, October 28, 1936 Pleasant 

It is not infrequently that our guests speak of the country store. 
They have heard about it and ask where to f nd it. When we suggest that 
a sight-seeing tour be made of things outside, the answer eften comes back- 
"Oh, yes, of course we are going down to see the old store". Today a guest 
remarked to another "Whatever you do, don't miss the old country store." 
Then comes the disappointment, the fact that the store is closed. "I've 
brought these friends out especially to see the store" a guest told us the 
other day. Frank Mix, cousin of Toni. Mix, who used to travel in the "show 
business" with Will Rogers and whose home is in Oklahoma sto ped here recently 
with friends. He said"I miss the store. I used to stop there every year 
just to get some ginger snaps and to see the old rakes, baskets, hoes, 
horsewhips and things". 

Thursday, October 29, 1936 Very pleasant 

It nay seem rather unimportant at the present time to record the 
following fadt. In a future t_me, however, this information may take on 
considerable importance. A Mrs. Beckett reported today that her husbands 
grandmother whose name wa Beckett also, was the next door neighbor to the 
Longfellow family in Portland, Maine. When Eenry Wadsworth Longfellow was 
born, Mrs. Beckett was called in to help c°re for him and to wash him. 
In the old days one can imagine that it was considered a privilege and honor to was! 
the new-born babe. It was more of a ceremony then, not .-rne by trained nurses 
in the so-called scientific way. 

Friday, October 30, 1936 Very pleasant 

Alice in Wonderland, Robinson Crusoe, Pop-Eye, Gypsies, Spanish 
Senoritas all danced gaily on the floor of the new Ball-room this evening. 
It was the annual Halloween Dance, given by members of the 1937 class of 
the Boys School. The setting was typically Halloween-ish with skeletons, 
jack o' lanterns, corn stalks and black and orange colors in the background. 
A "spot" waltz and a Balloon dance added to the gaiety of the occasion. Miss 
Fisher and Miss DeMille were back on the orchestra stand playing piano and 
violin respectively. 

Saturday, October 31,1936 Pleasant 

All the Wayside Inn family is rejoicing with Mr. and Mrs. Sennott 
on the birth of a son, Ralph J. Sennott Jr. early yesterday morning. 


Sunday, November 1, 1936 Cloudy 

A guest today discovered that we were entertaining 
the son of the President of the United States. She 
pointed him out to the hostess. "Isn't that young man 
the President's son?" The hostess agreed that a tell, 
good looking chap resembled pictures that she had seen 
of Franklin Roosevelt Jr. Later the young men was seen 
sitting alone in front of the fireplace in the old Kitchen 
gazing into the fire in meditative mood. He was asked; 
"Are you Mr. Roosevelt?" Cordial anc friendly he replied 
in the affirmative and introduced himself as Franklin D. 
Roosevelt Jr. Accompanying him were some friends - among 
whom was Miss Ethel Dupont - reported as engaged to marry 
the young Mr. Roosevelt. 

Monday, Nov. 2, 1936 Cloudy and rain 

With the football season in full swing, our guests 
include more and more young people on their way to end from 
the games. . Bundled in smart fur coats and bright scarfs, 
they come in gaily and hover near the fireplaces. Some of 
them want to talk aoout the game; they discuss their work 
at school, the courses they are taking; their nrofessors 
and their social life, college dances and fraternities. Others 
are seriously and earnestly interested in the Wayside Inn. 
They ask about the household utensils and want to know why 
it is called "Longfellow's '.'ayside Inn". Recently a young 
man and young lady, without doubt, students in a nearby college, 
evinced Pleasure as the hostess started to tell the story cf 
the house. The hostess had not gone far when the young man 
spoke out soontaneously : "Gee, I think Mr. Ford is a swell 
guy to collect all these thingsi" 


Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1936 Pleasant 

"lien the Inn becomes a haven of rest and shelter 
for the weary traveller, it has fulfilled its purpose 
in the best sense. Such a service was rendered this evening. 
A tiny, little lady walked in, all alone, quietly and un- 
obtrusively. 3he asked to have dinner, "hen she had 
finished her dinner, she sat down near the fireplace in 
the Bar-room. Gazing into the fire she told the following 
story. "I'm on my way to Maine. I drove all the way from 
New Jersey to-day and wanted especially to stoo here for 
dinner. As I was eating dinner I hoped that my husband 
knew that 1 was here. He has gone now. We used to come 
here together so often. Thats why I have <come tonight. 
Its hard travelling alone now, but I'll find my way." 
It waa with a mingled feeling of sadness and gladness that 
that we bid Mrs. Archibald farewell when she stepped out 
into the dark night; gladness because the Inn had given 
shelter and comfort to this lonely soul. 

'Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1936 Cloudy 

As the number of visitors decreases, which is 
bound to be the case at this time of year, the hostesses 
have tire for other duties hich have been laid aside 
during the summer season. Miss Fisher's clasps in sewing 
and handcraft have started in the Wayside Schools. On .a 
quiet evening you will, find Miss Fisher uefore the onen 
fire busily engaged in weaving or with some kind of bead 
work. Joseph MacDonald our young host who graduated from 
the Boys School last June, is pursuing the study of early 
American furniture. With the help of Wallace Nutting's 
books he is determining the different ty^es of feet, 
turnings, arras and legs on our furniture. Miss DeMille 
is busy with desk work, preparing to leave everything in 
ship shape order when she starts on her two months vacation, 


Thursday, Nov. 5, 1936 Pleasant 

There had been an advance notice that 20 pupils from 
the State Teachers College at Fitchburg, Mass. were coming 
to see the Inn today. They had no sooner ©one and gone 
when we were surprised with 13 students from the State 
Teachers College at ""estfield, Mass. A half hour later, 
15 more pupils from "estfield came. All were keenly interested 
in the house, but they were tired and weary from a cay of 
sight -seeing in and around Boston. 

Friday, Nov. 6, 1936 Cold and Pleasant 

The hostesses have been thinking and pondering : on 
plans for Thanksgiving, "e have already received about 80 
advance reservations for dinner on that day. A number of 
the reservations read: "3 adults; 4 children". Therefore 
it is, as usual, to be a day of family parties end we want 
to make the dinner and the day here as home-like as possible 
for our guests. Some little handmade favor at each place has 
been the custom in former years. This year we would like 
again to have the favors home made and hand mace - that is, 
made by our family here. Also we want something which will 
be suggestive of the country and of ye olden time Thenks- 
£-iving - rather than a citified, modern, favor . Several 
suggestions have been made and at the time of writing, a 
corn husk doll, a pine cone turkey and a bright colored gourd 
wrapped and tied in cellophane are vieing for first place. 

Saturday, Nov. 7, 1936 Pleasant 

This evening we entertained aother old kitchen dinner 
party with our friend Mr. Norton of the Boston Transcrint 
office as host. Included in the group of six, was 
Mr. R. C. Getsinger from Detroit, formerly connected with 
the Lincoln Motor Co. 


Sunday, November 8, 1336 Cloudy 

"Here you have not strained for realism" said Mr. E. C. 
Getsinger. Mr. Getsinger has already been mentioned as having dined 
here last even" ng, "Ha ve not strained for re^lis i 1 ' is a phr«se wh^ch is 
strikingly true of the Inn. In comparison with other histcrica 1 houses 
the Inn is genuine. Other places have had restoration to the extent 
that there is a newness in their appearance. They lack a feeling of 
/warmth, of sturdiness n character, found only in original beams, walls, 
fireplaces :.nd furniture such as the Wayside Inn supports. It is real — 
the real, veritable atmosphere of previous centuries is here. There has 
been no strain for realism. 

Monday, November 3, 1936 udy 

Ibis evening we had still another old kitchen dinner. This 
time for a group of eleven people associated with the Christian Science 
Publish ng h use in Boston. Included in the party was . St~nger 
who, after dinner, entertained her friends by giving several readings 
in trie small b^ll room. Ibe first wa 3 from Booth larkington* s "Seventeen" 

then a clever sketch about a dog. Both brought forth much laughter and 
applause and made a jol-iy even ng for the guests. 

Tuesday, November 1C, 1936 Pleasant 

Not j-ong ago a gent_er r .n came to the Inn and told t ,e hostess about 
a book written by F. Hopkinson Smith. It is called "The Arm Ch^ir ^t the 
Inn" and the author has made the setting the old Inn of William the 
Conqueror at Dives, Fr.nce. A group of men gather there r nd sitting ne^r 
the great fireplace they teil stories of their travels, their experiences 
in life, their friends and they en^oge in serious ^ scussians. The idea is 
s milar to that of Longf ellow 1 s group at the Wayside Inn and the travellers 
pictured by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales. After several weeks, we have 
received a letter from our visitor whose name is Lir. 0. G. Go~n in which 
he says: "I spoke of the similarity In plan of the Longfellow poem and 
soi:.e rose sketches by F. Hopkinson Smith, the scene of which was laid 
in the old Inn of William the Conqueror. I decided then to send you a copy 
of the book if I could obtain it - - it be ! ng cut of prirt. Having f ai. ed 
thus f?r to obtain the copy desired, I am sending y.u ray own - which pie- e 
accept as an evidence :f my aopreci c tion of what you gave us that day." 


Inesday, Nov. 11, 1936 


Armistice Lay is a legal holid . M ssachusetts. Consequently 
we had one of the biggest days of the year, serving nearly 500 people 
in tiae dining room and many others came to see the house only. In all 

rts .f the house the ; uests v.ere t~ken care of e isily end efficiently 
and several expressed appreciation of a fine dinner. 

Thursday, Nov. 12, 1936 


The following clipping has been received from the Worcester 
Magazine - a commcial magazine printe d in Worcester, Mas . Mr. Adams 
the autheor of the poer wrote it last summer, after a visit to the 
Inn "with my folks" he said. Mr, Adams is a y ung man n the -enicr class 
of the North High School and is on the editorial staff of the North High 
Record, He lives at 15 Englewood Ave. ___^______— ^—. 


A poem of the Bey side Inn by 

Jack Adams, North High Senior 

Reprinted f rom Norti, 

High "Rec_ 

en the spirits of the 
great, haunt a place, 
They impart to it, a solemn 

They lend a charm, 
Like fine old lace, 
The spirit ; of the great, enrich 
a place 

At the V.ayside Inn, of storied 

Every timber speaks a hallowed hame, 
Like LaFayette, 
'Tis like a game! . 
To find where best, to sense 

e >ch name. 

In each beam-topt room, at this 

old Inn, 
Some hero's spirit, walks again, 
Recalling days, 
That long have been, 
As dear to our hearts, as this 
old Inn. 

Each canopied bedstead, richly 

And casting shadows, in the 
meager light. 


Recalls to us, 
Some noble knight, 
Of the pine-tree crest, in free 
dom 1 s fight. 

Thro' the old parlor, quaint, in 

the firelight's glow, 
The flickering shadows, come 

and go. 
Pa t the high old clock, 
By the spinet low, 
They parade like ghosts, sedate 
and slow. 

T Tis the spirit of Longfellow, 

Pervades this room, 
From the mantel, high, to the 

little hand-broom. 
We feel it here, 
In cheer and gloom 
For his dear soul dwells in this 
quaint room. 

And as the spirits of the great 

haunt this place, 
They impart to it a solemn 

They lend a charm 
Like fine old lace, 
For the spiritsof the great 
enrich the place. 


Friday, November 13, 1936 Pleasant 

"Sounds as if we had a chicken In our midst" remarked Miss DeMille 

is she clipped away on turkey feathers. The turkey feathers are made 
of o^rk brown and white paper cut in small sferips(with some squeaky 
scissors). The turkey itself is a small pine cone. Together with the 
use of pipe cle^sners and red tissue paper these turkeys will comprise 
our favors for Thanksgiving. Boys fro^ the school have been searching 
for pine cones and hostesses ana waitresses have been busily engaged in 
putting the turkeys together. Over two hundred have already been made. 
Underneath the turkeys will be found a nut cup filled with nuts and candies. 

Saturday, November 14, 1936 Pleasant 

Guests continue to buy their flour at the Mill. A lady caine from 
the Groton School the other lay ^ni asked for a lar^e order. A nother 
young woman appeared today and said: "Where can I buy the graham flour 
now? I used to get it st the Store. It so good!" When the hostess was 
telling about the mill in her story recently ana that the flour ground in 
the mill is not bleached, a little old lady spoke up and said: "I've seen 
this sign on an old mill in Connecticut: 

God nevor made a white gr^in of v»Leat 

But man in his ignorance bleached it white. 


Sunday, Nov, 15, 1936 Pleasant 

The question has been asked: "How many and what particular 
adjectives are used most frequently by our guests as they are shown 
through the house ?" Those used most freq uently, we should judge, 
number about five. 






This, ofcourse, is not an official statistical record. It 
would be well, we think, to observe this more closely and someday to 
fin^ the most popular adjective and the average number of times used, 

Monday, Nov. 16, 1936 Pleasant 

Miss L^ndall, who taught in our Redstone School last yea r, 
brought her new class of pupils to visit the Viayside Inn today. 
They journeyed all the way from Beverly, Mass. Miss Landall's class 
this year consists of about 20 pupils in Grade 4. The children were all 
quiet and attentive and fond of their tea cher. Miss Landall is a fine 
y /ung lady and has very good disipline with her pupils. 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1936 Cold 

La st evening we had a nice dinner party given in honor of the 
new president of the State Tea chers College at Framingham, Mass. 
Fifty-seven teachers paid their respects to Mr. end Mrs. O'Connor. 
Tables were placed around the fireplace in the large lining roon. 
In-between dinner courses songs were sung and speeches made, after which 
the guests were conducted through the Inn. Today we receive:! a note 
of appreciation from Miss French, written for the State Tea chers College 
Faculty. In it Miss French says: "Will you extend our sincere thanks 
and appreciation to all who helped m:ke our dinner party at the Kay side 
Inn such a happy occasion?" 


Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1936 Cloudy 

President and Mrs. C onant of Harvard University were here for 
luncheon to-day. 

This afternoon we were kept busy by showing the house to the 
following groups. 

Banks School, Waltham - 80 pupils 

Lawrence School, Waltham - 22 pupils 

Elliott Hospital, Manchester, N.II. - 13 nurses 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 1936 Cold 

A new dancing teacher has been engaged for the weekly dancing 
classes of the schools. She is Miss Dugenie Oehme (pronounced Aime) 
of Yilorcester. Miss Oehme has had man; ye-. ; rs experience as a tea cher of 
dancing and knows the old fashioned deuces very well. For a number of 
years Miss Oehme taught languages in a Worcester High School ~ni therefore 
understands and likes young people. Her voice is soft and her movements 
are graceful and dignified. She is a lady - we might say - of the old 
school and judging from her first lesson this evening, the classes will be 
taught correctly and thoroughly. 

Friday, Nov. 20, 1936 Pleasant 

Spare moments this week hfve been spent in working on the Thanks- 
giving favors which we have already described as being small turkeys 
perched on "pumpkins". The pumpkins ?re made of crepe paper and cover a 
nut cup to be filled with candies and nuts. The turkeys were made q uickly 
and easily (550 of them) but the "pumpkins" have been more difficult 
and take considerable time to cut and sew. Today 7/e have started to fasten 
the turkeys on to the pumpkins. 

Saturday, Nov. 21, 1936 Pleasant 

The day was filled with the following sctivities. Lundheon for 
12 y:ung ladies who rode from Wellesley College on horseback. 
Old Kitchen dinner for 9 y^ung ladies. Luncheon and dinner guests 
numbering 132 were served in the din .ng room. 7 overnight guests. 

inn diary 

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1956 


Under the title "Rubbernecking" there appeared in the Boston Herald 
today, some pictures of sightseers in historic Boston. A mong the 
pictures we founa s familiar face. He is George Pierson, guiie on the 
Grey Line Bus which makes a daily step at the Wayside Inn during the 
Tourist season. A s has been recorded in the Diary many times before, 
every afternoon in the summer time at 3 o'clock promptly, the Grey Line 
Bus stops and leaves from 20 - 40 passengers at our front door. C 
olong Ln the rear of the group, to make sure that his charges are 
well taken care of, is our friend, Mr. Pierson. 

A TRIUMVIRATE of "barkers." These are the men who make the 

trips entertaining and instructive. 



Monday, Nov. 23, 1936 


During the month of November, guests have come from several foreign 
countried. From the register v/e find the following countries represented, 

Fr nee 







So. Africa 


Germ my 
A ustri- 1 

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1936 


Two Old Kitchen Dinners claimed Dur attention today. The first was 
served at 1 o'clock noon, to 16 peope in Mrs. Fairbains group. This v. 
a particularly nice group to have here. Mrs. Fairbain is a well known 
antiquarian in Vvellesley and gives lectures on the subject of old furniture 
old customs and costumes household arts etc. Miss DeMille heard her 
lecture recently on "A. day spent with my great, great grandmother". In this 
talk, Mrs. Fairbain demonstrated the making of candles. Therefore it was 
especially appropriate for Mrs. Fairbain and one of her classes to have a 
dinner in our Kitchen. Mrs. Fairbain explained the use of soma of our old 
cooking utensils. The second Ola Kitchen group was composed of an elderly 
couple, celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were happily 
surrounded by all of their children, two sons, their wives and a daughter. 

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1936 

Cloudy andrain 

Mr. A . Y. Payne, A ssistant Sales Manager of the Daugenheim Plant 
of the Ford Motor Co., wan a visitor today from London, England. He 
enjoyed very much a tour of the Inn, the schools and the Mill conducted 
by 2t. Sennott. 

preparations are in full swing for the Holiday tomorrow. Every- 
body is making eve-y effort to have plenty of turkey and all the 
'fixens on hand and to give our guests a happy Thanksgiving. 



Thursday, Nov. 26, 1936 

Pie i sant 

Snow covered ground outside gave a real Ihanksgiving tinge to the 
atmosphere while bright cheery fires crackled on the he* rths within. 
Fruit was piled high on pewter platters and country decorations of corn stalks 
and pumpkins gave an aspect of plentituae r ni bountifulness throughout 
the house. In the dining room our guests found deep red and yellow 
chrysanthemums on the tables and a bright turkey nut cup at each place. 
The Thanksgiving dinner, which was served to nearly five hundred people 
(477) w-fis as much like the kind "we used to have at home" as any ainner 
could be. One of our guests remarked "Next to hone this is best". A nother 
lady said: "For the first ti n.e in 30 yesrs it became necessary for us to 
eat our Thanksgiving dinner away from home. Vie could not have been more 
pleased." Thus we heard on all sides exp ressions of pleasure and 
gratefulness for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Wayside Inn. 

Friday, Nov. 27, 1936 


Our school house c^me into print again today when Boston newspapers 
carried the following item. 



N. H. W. P, A. Writers' 
Discount Sawyer Claims 

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Mary's little lamb, its fleece still 
"as white as snow," jumped back 
into the news yesterday. 

They're getting ready in Man- 
chester, N H, to assert that the little, 
school-going lamb originated in the 
mind of Mrs Sarah Jo?epha Halo of 
Newport, N H. AW. P. A. writers' 
project is prepared to say that Mrs 
Hale and not Mrs Mary Sawyer of 
Somerville created the nursery 
rhyme about the lamb. 

These investigators are willing to 
go as far as identifying the very 
schoolhouse where Mary went to 
school followed by the lamb. Mrs 
Hale wrote the nursery jififele from 
her own experiences, the W. P. A. 
writers will say when their issue of 
the "New Hampshire Guide" comes 
off the preses. They say that the 
rhyme was published in 1830, nearly 
50 years before Mrs Sawyer made 
the claim that she was the author. 

In 1878, Mrs Sawyer declared 
that she was the original "Mary- 
had-a-little-lamb." She said that 
John Roulstone of Sterling, 12 years 
old, penned the first dozen lines of 
the poem. 

Saturday, Nov. 28, 1936 

Cloudy and snow 

A sanll group of Girl Scouts ( 7 in number) c ame to the Inn today prepared 
to cook their lunch and e r t it out-of-doors. The weather proved to be too 
cold for a picnic of this kind. Therefore it was suggested that the p^rty 
be held in the small Ball-room. A fire was started there and sitting on a 
rug, camp style, before the open fire, the girls to?, sted marshmallows 

and enjoyed a heary lunch, 
and indoor oicnic. 

All declare i this to be a splendid way to have 

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Tomato Juice Cockt- il 


Celery Olives 



Roast Native Turkey with Dressing 
Giblet Gravy 

Cranberry Sauce 

hed Potatoes Buttered Onions 

Turnip Squash 

Corn Bread Rolls 


Mince Pie - Cheese Pumpkin Pie - Cheese 

Vanilla Ice Cream and Cake 
Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream 

Plum Pudding with Hard S^uce 




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Sunday, Nov. 29, 1936 Pleasant 

Miss DeMille was given many expressions of "good luck" and 
"safe journey" today as she bid farewell to the Wayside Inn for two 
months. Next Tuesday she starts for the Pacific coast an- will spend 
most of the time in California with an aunt and uncle. On her way 
home she expects to stop at the Grand Canyon and Yosenute National 
Park. We will miss her here very much. 

Monday, Nov. 30, 1936 Pleasant 

A little elderly lady told us recently that our poet Longfellow 
was very kind to her. She said that when she and her husband were 
newly married they wanted to visit Craigie House in Cambridge. As they 
approached the door, the great poet himself invited them to come in. 
He showed them the house ana then suggested that they sit with him on the 
veranda. Mrs. Miller said: "He seemed to want us to stay and he talked with 
us for a long time. He told us that as he looked across to the Charles 
River at Twilight ti e, he often thought that the river, as it wound 
in and out, looked exactly like a silver S.° 

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1936 Very cold 

Thirteen members of Professor Schells group dined here this evening. 
During an informal meeting, a history of the group was presented. In 
1924 the first meeting ws held at the Inn with 6 men as charter members. 
Since then Prof. Schells group has come regularly every year, with the 
exception of the year 1932-1933. Meetings are held once a month.. • 
October-May inclusive. Two or three men have been added to the membership 
list each year, so that now there are 21 names. Among the guest speakers 
during the twelve years have been several prominent men including Sir 
Wilfred Grenfell, Homer Eaton Keyes and Henry S. Dennison. Erwin H. Schell 
Director of the group is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of 


Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1936 Cloudy and snow 

Local papers continue to publish items about the Marys L°mb 
School. Here is one from todays Boston Traveller. 

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Thursday, Dec. 3, 1936 Cloudy 

Our mail this week has brought, in one envelope, six letters 
from pupils in Miss Landall's class who visited tne Inn about ? weeks 
ago. The letters are written in ink and in excellent handwriting, 
altho 1 one young _ady said: "This is not my best handwriting". Comments 
on the house and it s furnishings were made by these 4th graders. 

"The most interesting thing was the Table" (Hutch table) 

"I Liked one t. ing, that was the wall paper" 

"The Wayside Inn is a very beautiful place. 
I will nevar forget it". 


Friday, Dec 4, 1956 Pleasant 

A new - old pianc has been placed in the large dining room. 
This is new to us, but it is said to be one of the earliest 
Chickering pianos, being No. 154. It is a square piano in a fine old 
case and has a very nice tone. Yte are much pleased with it. 

Saturday, Dec 5, 1936 Pleasant 

Tonight we entertained a Y/edding Dinner party in the small 
dining room. Nine people including parents of the Bride and Groom and 
friends psrtook of 2 roast Chicken dinner. The table was prettily 
decorated with pink and vihlie chrysanthemums. 


Sunday, Dec. 6, 1936 Cloudy 

About twenty young ladies from Wellesley College came to see the 
house this after noon as our guests. They were accompanied by two 
Wellesley Alumnae. These older women graduates provide aars and take 
any of the new Wellesley College students on sight seeing trips around 
Boston. This idea is sponsored by the Wellesley College Club of Boston, 
It equaints members of the freshman class and transfer students who are 
spending their first year at Wellesley, with historical places in this 
vicinity. The girls seemed to enjoy their tour around the house with 
Miss Fisher and bought sever~l books and post c^rds for their "folks 
back home." 

Mondpy, Dec 7, 1936 Cloudy 

Dinner was served in the old kitchen this evening to Mr % Mrs. 
H. S. Bowker of Worcester in celebration of Mr. Bowker' s Birthday. 
Mother, Father, Grandfather and four s^ns sat at the long table, 
lighted by candles ^nd the glow from an open fire on the hearth. After 
dinner, in the course of a conversation Mr. Bowker said: "I like to 
comte to the Inn and sit on the settle by the fire — and dream." This 
made an attractive picture in our imaginations and when Mrs. Bowker 
suggested that she put the picture on paper, we thought it a splendid 
idea. The sketch on the next page is the result. 




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Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1936 

Pleas snt 

This morning we 7<ere amazed; we held our breath in astonishment 
a- tie front door of the Inn opened pnd there appeared before us a 
real George Washington. A large man, dressed exactly like George Washington 
and looking very stately and dignified, strode over to the Bar and in- 
troduced himself as General George Washington I Ke showed us his watch 
(of the Washington period), pulled out his sword and registered as 
G Washington (imperson-^ed by Lawrence Hart). We have seen Mr. Hart 
before, and at the Wayside Inn. He was here about 4 years ago, riding on a 
white horse. The pres -nt day Washington (Lawrence Hort) appears to be so 
much like the Father of our Country that we were indeed startled this 
morning when he entered this pre-Revolution-sry house. 





Wednesday, Dec 9, 1936 CI .Tidy and cold 

Even though our visitors are comparatively few at this time of 
year, we have quite a large number of what we might call, absentee visitors. 
Almost every day the postman brings letters from people who want to know 
about the Wayside Inn. They ask for historical information, pictures or 
anything which will help in giving a lecture or in writing a theme about 
the Inn. We are glad of this friendly interest. It makes us realize that 
the Inn is widely known and on these cold winter days it gives us a feeling 
of assurance that we are not isolated from the rest of the worldl 

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1936 Rain 

We are really not surprised that the Inn itself is widely known, both 
in a historical and in a literary way, but we were somewhat surprised 
today when a letter came from England revealing the fact that interest 
in the Mary Lamb School had spread to that f c r-off country, The letter 
asked that 12 copies of the "Story of Marys Little Lamb" be sent to England. 

Friday, Dec. 11, 1936 Rain 

Every year at this time we are busy making Christmas stocking bags • 
These are made in green and red colors; the green being sewed together with 
red yarn and the red ones are bordered with green ya rn. The button-hole 
stitch is used around theedge and there is a draw string in the top. The 
stockings will be filled with candy and pop corn and will be hung on the 
tree at the Christmas party. 

Saturday, Dec. 12, 1936 Cloudy 

A pretty party was held this evening when 60 young people gathered 
here for a Christmas dinner. Thirty ycung ladies from Miss Wheelocks 
School in Boston with thirty y~ung escorts were served near the fireplace 
in the large Dining Room. The girls looked very sweet in long formal 
evening gowns while the boys were trir in black tuxedos. Every girl wore 
a corsarge; some were of roses and others of gardenias. It was only a 
glimpse that we had of the^e young people for they were soon on their way 
to a dance in Boston. 


Many of our guests this week have compared the signature 
below, of Edward, with that on the Coolidge Sap Bucket in 
the Bar-room of the Inn. 

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Sunday, Dec. 13, 1936 Pleasant 

A freq uent Sunday visitor is Miss Mills. She dresses In black 
2nd is sometimes alone; sometimes accompanied b\ a friend, but always 
seems to be lonely. Today she spoke of Christmas and asked if we .ere to 
serve dinner on Christmas day. When answered in the affirmative, she said; 
"I love this place more dearly than any place in the world, and I would like 
to come here for Christmas dinner, but I do not want to eat my Christmas 
dinner alone. My family are far away." Just then we noticed tears and a 
voice that trembled. Thw hosoess suggested that Miss Mills join the 
Wayside Inn family that everything possible would be done here to make 
the day a pleasant and cheerful Christmas for our guests. 

Monday, Dec. 14, 1936 Fair 

A cert? in English teacher in the Shewsbury High School has asked his 
pupils to write a composition on Colonial Houses. Some of the students 
have chosen to write about the Wayside Inn. Consequently we have been 
visited by four boys (in groups of two each) eager to ottain information 
about the Inn. After a personally conducted tour they have asked for books 
to be used 'n reference work. Such a list has been made - of books obtainable 
in almost any library. Also a summary of the history of the Inn has been typed and 
copies are available to students such es the Shewsbury boys, who are particularly 
concerned with dates and accurate historical data . 

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1936 Pleasant 

Hoop skirts, lace nits and polk bonnets were what the best dressed 
ladies were wearing at the Wayside Inn today. Exactly two hundred members 
of the Worcester Outdoor Sports Club enjoyed luncheon here. The meeting 
o:ened impressively. As each lady Vowed her head, a soloist at the far end 
of the dinir.g room sang, "A Perfect Prayer" with words by James Whitcomb Riley. 
Practically all who came were in old fashioned dress. "This belonged to my 
grandmother" said one sweet little lady as she peered fro^- under a oolk bonnet 
trimmed with lilacs. Her grandmother must have had excellent taste for hers 
was a lovely, deep-toned print dress in paisley pattern. Across the hall we heard 
gales of laughter and looked to see a black bicycle suit of the gay nineties, 
topped off by a stiff, manish straw hat with black cord attached to keep it from 
flying into the breeze (created by the f^st speed of a bicycle). Around the neck 
of this bewitching y~ung lady was a gold chain and a little gold friendship 
heart, so popular with stylish girls of that period. S pace forbids a des- 
cri tion of all the attractive dresses. There were costumes made of simple 
cotton print, others of brocaded satin and some with stiff, full taffeta skirts. 
Prizes were given for the sweetest dress, the most unique and the most grotesque. 
The sweetest dress was accla'med by the judges to be worn by Mrs. A. Bradford Reed. 
Ibis was a white gown with full skirt of silk net covered with polka dots. Here 
and there was a dainty blue velvet bow. Mrs. Reed explained that this was her 


Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1936 - continued 

mothers Graduation dress. There was a hat to match which once upon a time 
belonged to a great, great aunt. 

The prize for the most unique dress went to Mrs. Alan Wassell who wes 
very mournful in "Widows Weeds", an entirely black ensemble with large picture 
hat and short flowing veil. This ensemble was found among the belongings of en 
old lady who lived in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The most grotesque costume 
was that of the bicycle lady, Mrs. Warren Ball. She"peddled" across the Ball- 
room floor to accept her ^owo-rri a^id sore shrieks af laughter. 

Mrs. Bertram Hildebrsndt 



Tuesday, Dec 15, - continued 

One would suppose that the costumes themselves would have furnished 
amusement enough for the guests, but a carefully planned program of en- 
tertainment had been arranged. This '-ncluded a grand march and the dancing 
of the Minuet by six especially chosen ladies. Then came the Outdoor Sports 
Club Album, brought in by two attractive pages. The time was supposedly 
500 years hence. As the pages of the album were turned, s face appeared in 
a large frame. The faces were those of members of the Club in the present day. 
Then the page "boys" would read from their book "Oh, she was a great sport. She 
was de rly beloved by every member of the Club" - or - "She won the tennis 
tournament and was at one time President of the Club". And so on, until about 
a dozen portraits had been shown. After this some old fashioned dances were 
enjoyed, all members entering Into the gaiety. 

lie can say without a doubt th=t this was one of the prettiest, nicest 
parties ev^r held at the Wayside Inn. On leaving, the guests came down 
stairs bundled up in short fur capes and muffs. On their heads were quaint 
little bonnets tied under the chin. All the picture lacked was a stage 
coach drawn up before the door. 

Mrs. Warren Ball 

Mrs. Harold P. Frost 


Wednesday, Dec 16, 1936 






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Every now and then Mrs. L. L. Winship of South Sudbury 
drives up to the Inn in this 19"2 model Ford. It attracts a lot of 
attention. Mrs. Winship says that it furnishes amusement for a gre^t 
many people. Joanna Winship, seen with her mother in the picture, is 
a pupil in our Southwest School. 


Thursday, Dec 17, 1936 


Today we entertained another large party. This time it was a luncheon 
for the Massachusetts Association of Welfare Officers, a lmost 100 in 
attendance. Last month the sa me group held their businesss meeting and 
luncheon in our large dining room and as one man ex pressed it today, 
"You treated us so well before that we decided to come back today". 7/e 
understand that the monthly meeting for January is also to be at the 
Wayside Inn, as voted in the meeting tode y. "You gave us a fine dinner " 
a gentleman remarked and all were enthusiastic and co-operative guests. 
Instead of the business meeting after luncheon today, there was a program 
provided by professional entertainers. Paper hats and toys were found on 
the tables in the dining room and on a Christmas tree. 

Welfare Officers on the fre-nt steps 


Friday, Dec 18, 1936 


Yesterday we were honored to have President Conant of Harvard cone 
with Mrs. Conant and their young son for luncheon. A fter luncheon we 
invited them to be guests of Mr. Ford, for which they were most 
appreciative. President Conant said "We will accept this as a Christmas 
gift". Mr. St Mrs. Conant sat for a long time in the Bar-room before the 
open fire. Previous to luncheon they had taken a walk on some of the 
side roads near the Inn. 

Saturday, Dec 19, 1936 


About twenty bright, eager little faces followed the hostess around 
the house this afternoon. Phis was the Saturday Afternoon Club from 
Newton, Brookline and Brighton which is composed of boys between the ages 
of 8 - 12. Every S turday afternoon, under the leadership of two young men, 
the boys visit factories, museums and historic sites. They were unusually 
enthusiastic guests and asked unusual questions. For instance, in the Old 
Kitchen after the hostess had shown three different types of toaster, to the group, 
a small boy asked; "Was it comiron in the old days for one family to have three 


Sunday, Dec. 20, 1936 Pleasant 

We were sorry that Mrs. Josepidne Raymond from Hillsdale, Michigan 
and her friend Mrs. Chafer could not stay longer with us this afternoon, 
They came unexpectedly and m^de a short tour through the house. On 
leaving Mrs. Raymond said that she had heard much about the Inn and 
wanted to see it especially when she came to New England. 

Monday, Dec. 21, 1936 Pleasant 

Undoubtedly an account of the Pageant wijl be given in the Diary of 
the Wayside Inn Boys School. Too much cannot be said, however, in praise of 
the beauty and sacredness of the picture which was presented tonight. 
It left a lasting impression. The simple story of the Nativity was not a 
lovely myth of 1,936 years ago. but tonight it w»s a real, living, vital event. 
Shepards came from afar and the three kings brought precious gifts to the lowly 
manger. Those who saw it will never forget. 

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1936 Colder 

Several travellers journeying to spend Christmas with their families or 
with friends stopped here for luncheon today. A lady alone registered from W^sh- 
inton, D. C. and explained that she was enroute to St. Johnsbury, Vermont where she 
expected to spend the holidays with a sister. " I may never get here again" she said 
as she started for a walk. "I stayed over in Boston this extra day, just to see 
the ^ayside Inn." When she returned from her walk, we saw a bag of flour from 
the Mill tucked under her arm. "A Christmas remembrance from the VJayside Inn 
to my sister." she said. 

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1936 Cloudy 

There has been much hustle and bustle today as the finishing touches 
were put on the Ball-room arid other parts of the house in preparation for the 
annual Christmas party. Tonight we entertained about 15C members of the Staff 
and their families. Also the boys from the Wayside Inn schoool and pupils frc~ the 
Marys Lamb -=nd Southwest Schools with their parents. Plays wsre given by 
members of the two lower schcols ^fter which Santa Claus Then a 
grand, good time ensued during which gifts were opened and Christmas stockings 


Thursday, Dec 24, 1936 


Small gifts wrapped in Christmas paper were put at each of the fifteen 
places set for dinner in the Old Kitchen tonight. Usually such packages 
contain an inexpensive joke or present, but this evening it was found that 
the packages contained choice pieces of jewelry - a diamond bracelet and a 
pearl brooch. These were gifts for members of a bridal party; the bride being 
Miss Elsbeth Wyraan and the groom, Mr. H. M. Horeck. After a heartyroast beef dinner, 
the party adjourned to the large Ball room where old fashioned dancing was enjoyed. 
Miss Fisher played the piano ?nd Miss Oehme, our new dancing teacher, directed. 
We heard some lively dance steps and much laughter. It was a pretty sight with 
all the lancers in evening attire. In the background were two Christmas trees. 
A very nice Christmas eve party. The bride and goom-to-be will be married 
tomorrow and will come immediately to the Wayside T nn where they will spend a 
a couple of days. 

Friday, Dec. 25, 1936 

Christmas Day 

Pleasant, warm 

A bountiful Christmas dinner w--s served to 186 guests to-day. Christmas greens 
sprinkled with silver icicles and pewter bowls filled with the traditional 
Ribbon candy gave s. very Christmassy atmosphere to the whole house. There 
were seme family groups including two or three children whfcile many parties con- 
sisting of only two adults were served. Everyone seemed to enjoy the dinner. 
We felt however, that thia was a lonely day for may who came. 

Saturday, Dec 26, 1936 


Another Old Kitchen dinner brought this week to a close. Included in the 
party of seven, was a y:ung newspaper correspondent who has recently travelled 
all over the world; much of his time was spent in Ethiopia and in Manchuria. 
When a guest has travelled widely and is familiar with old world houses and 
customs, we sometimes hesitate to explain our simple Early American things. 
Usually, however, as in the case of our guest this evening, a person who is 
familiar with the Old World is doubley interested in ^tfee- things of the New 
World. He likes to compare ani often he finds things at the Wayside Inn which 
are entirely new; things that he has not seen anywhere else in the Worldl 


Sunday, Dec. 27, 1936 


During this Chris trar.s season, the Way tide Inn family 
had tine for a little Christmas cheer of its own. 
Greeting chares have been exchanged and a large stocking 

i hung by the fireplace in the Bar-room filled, it is said, 
by Santa Clans when he came down our chimney. The writer 
will never forget the picture of our Saturday night dinner- 
friend I, Mr, i 1 . Bowker who brought us en armful of 

gifts. One for each hobte s, one for each waitres s and r 
large box of candy to be shared by all. 

nday, Dec 28, 1936 


Several large grouoc* of people have been shown through 
the hou:e today; reminiscent of the .r time when large 

oups gather frequently. Durinr this Christmai reek, how- 
ever , we have been entertaining faaily parties, children 
having school vacations and :everal college boys and girls 
spending Christmas at hone. Among the latter have been a 

t Point Cadet and an Annapolis midshipman. Also 6 boys 
frora Alt) ion College, Michigan. 


Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1936 

Plea ant 

The Wayside Inn Chapter of the D.A.R. celebrated 
its 32nd Birthday anniversary today toy holding a luncheon 
pnC meeting at the Wayside Inn. We were told that Mr. Lemon 
a - lrndlord of the Inn qpvc them their charter, had it made 
and framed for them. Thirty one members and friends were 
in attendance this noon. 

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1936 


"Whos ""ho" tells us that Mr. John Young-Hunter is a 
noted artist. He was educated at the Royal Academy School in 
London end " - studied under several well known artists in- 
cluding John^Sargent . Works of Mr. Young-Hunter have been 
exhibited in L ndon, Paris and New York. Thus we could go on 
telling much a^out this artist who joent last night at the 
Wayside Inn. He same with Mrs. Young-Hunter er rly yesterday 
afternoon and enjoyed a walk to the Mill and '-.chool house. 
After dinner Mr. & Mrs. Young-Hunter spoke enthusiastically 
of the Inn; they wanted to hear all about it; they like old 
furniture; they spoke of the early oine and mp^le thing 
particularly. Then, as the usual dinner guests left the Inn 
to the enjoyment of the overnight guests -a:: it were- Mr . 
and Mr.. Young -Hunter showed u: photographs of portraits done 
by Mr. Young-Hunter; th? t of Mrs. Andrew Carnegie end many other 
well known ^eoole. Mrs. Young-Hunter explained that New York,